theyve been bothering me for over a yr now i thought i had pink eye, now im told to use otc med for my dry eyes, it doesnt help at all, what can i do?
Boy am I an expert with this one. Make sure that you don't have an eye infection-which you say that you're under doctors care. First of all there are liquid eye drops-over the counter and prescription; then there are gels you put in your eyes at bedtime. Many things can cause your eyelids not to completely close at night, the eye dries out at night. My son sleeps with his eyes wide open. But you can probably improve your eyes by considering the questions and thoughts below, but it can take a few years.
So do you use only eye drops or gel, or do you use both? Things that contribute to dry eyes, working/living in a polluted area-dust, smoke, chemical fumes that you can't even smell. Staring at a computer screen too long or reading, etc. can cause strain and dry eyes, I keep a bottle of drops next to my computer. Medication can cause dry eyes, especially meds that reduce drooling or cut down on gastric fluids for GERD. I don't much care for Previcid or Prisolec-but I eneded up in the ER for dehydration with them. Then fever of course. Do you work around ovens or anything that produces heat? Driving with the air conditioner or heater on or an open window. You sound like you need to use eye drops before you get in a car, and after the car ride. On long trips, I'd pull over and just put drops in my eyes. Then you have age, lose the ability to produce tears-which can cause your eyes to water. As odd as it sounds, your body doesn't make enough nutrients to keep your eyes healthy, so they over-produce water that doesn't help your eyes. I've used Patanol, to help my eyes get healthy. Also sun glasses outside help the eyes from drying out. A doctor recommened fish oil too.
Vitamin A and E help balance the body and eyes-especially A. Then the liquid drops are in several strengths-mild, moderate, and severe. The brand doesn't make any difference. Get the strongest stuff you can get. Another thing DO NOT GET ANYTHING THAT REDUCES THE RED IN YOUR EYE-IST VERBOTEN-I say. Why-it prevents people and doctors from finding eye infections. Put in eye liquids when you wake up, put them in often. Put them in before you start cooking, after cooking. If you're doing this, go over the list to see what you're missing. By the way, are you allergic-one way to test that is too use drops for allergies-OTC.
Now-you can use about any brand you want-just don't get Walmart generic, as it's like water-useless. I've used Genteel, Bausch and Lomb, etc. The strentgh is what counts-not the name. Before you go to bed, just squirt about an eighth to a quarter of an inch near the corner of your lower eye lids.
Now there's one more thing-wash your eye lids really good. If you use eyemake up-invest in some mascara remover and keep your eyelids clean. We're prone to have some build up that we can't see-dust mixed with normal eye liquid that irritates the eyeball when we blink. You don't need to wear any cosmetics to have this problem. It makes your eyes feel dry and to be red. I take a clean warm damp wash cloth and gentley clean my eyelids and eyelashes. Doctors will sell you an expensive eyelid cleaner. Another problem that I have is that since menopuase, I get really small and fine eyelashes that curl up and go into my eye. i throw water on my face, and look real close in the mirror, turning my head to see if any lashes are rubbing my eyeball. I keep my tweezers sterile. So if you have a certain part of the eyeball that bothers you, check for that. If you sleep on your side or stomach, that helps make eyelashes to curl up into your eye.
Let me know if this helps you. Also, if you're living in the desert or the drought area, it makes you have trouble with dry eyes. For many people and doctors in the drought areas, it's a new problem. I live in the Southwest. Just let me know how it goes, and you'll probably have to work at this. Good luck
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