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I've got extremely dry eyes, from both topamax and prozac, as well as antihistamines, low humidity in the environment, and who knows what else. I've got humidifiers and I take eye drops, but things have worsened. It's probably due to a recent move to CO (very dry humidity and high altitude). I drink tons of water, and frankly can't drink more (80-100 oz a day). I'm taking flaxseed oil (I'm a vegetarian and can't take fish oil). I'm using otc drops, the moderate to severe drops during the day and night.

I've started trying some of the ointments, but those are very irritating. it appears I'm allergic to the ingredients of the ointments (eyes swell shut).

any suggestions for drops and gels that work best at night? I need a heavy duty one with few irritants.

thanks ;) .

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may not be enough for you, but i find that bathing my eyes in saline solution which is just salt in water- with just enough salt to have a slightly salty taste- works better than eye drops.

you can do that as many times a day as you want. and it feels good to be able to open your eyes while bathing them. actually i just stick my face in a bowl and blink alot. very soothing.

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thanks velvet elvis. two eye docs recommended the flaxseed-hmmmm. guess I gotta do more research.

apterix-same eye docs told me that saline wasn't good for dry eyes *sigh* now I really gotta do some more research. if it's working for you irl, maybe it is effective, at least for some.

they did suggest warm compresses, which are nice, but hey, i have a 3 year old. the day she lets me just sit there with warm compresses on my eyes is the day I'm really sure she's up to no good...

thanks for the advice ;) . please keep it coming. I've just moved to a new state and i'm not at all trusting these new docs of mine.

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Here's some stuff to feast your eyes on (har har):

http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.ph...=16797&st=0

http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.ph...ic=13376&hl

http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/pdf/news/mit...t.stoll0605.pdf (Stoll)

http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/fats.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_fat...id_interactions

There are several supplements which contain a mix of flax and other sources of EFAs, so it doesn't have to be either/or. That said, I'm pretty sure that when you take flax for dry eyes it's because the ALA is converted to EPA and DHA which are what would actually be helping.

This has been discussed ad nauseum on the supplement board if you want to search around up there.

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Here's some stuff to feast your eyes on (har har):

[link=http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=16797&st=0" target="_blank]http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.ph...=16797&st=0[/link]

[link=http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=13376&hl" target="_blank]http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.ph...ic=13376&hl[/link]

[link=http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/pdf/news/mitn/satevnpost.stoll0605.pdf" target="_blank]http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/pdf/news/mit...t.stoll0605.pdf[/link] (Stoll)

[link=http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/fats.html" target="_blank]http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/fats.html[/link]

[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_fatty_acid_interactions" target="_blank]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_fat...id_interactions[/link]

There are several supplements which contain a mix of flax and other sources of EFAs, so it doesn't have to be either/or. That said, I'm pretty sure that when you take flax for dry eyes it's because the ALA is converted to EPA and DHA which are what would actually be helping.

This has been discussed ad nauseum on the supplement board if you want to search around up there.

cool! I'm just feeling my way around the board here :) . I thank you, even if my eyes are less than amused by the computer time ;) .

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dunno if this helps at all, but my eye doc told me that being on these meds has given me an incredibly slow blink rate, as well as drying my eyes out. he not only recommended drops, but i had to go through weeks of exercising my "blinking reflex" by blinking quickly twenty times every ten minutes or so. weird as that sounds, it helps. i still do it when my eyes get dry.

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dunno if this helps at all, but my eye doc told me that being on these meds has given me an incredibly slow blink rate, as well as drying my eyes out. he not only recommended drops, but i had to go through weeks of exercising my "blinking reflex" by blinking quickly twenty times every ten minutes or so. weird as that sounds, it helps. i still do it when my eyes get dry.

I'd love to read more about that. Post if you can get any more info off him (not here, so as to not threadjack).

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  • 6 months later...

I have the driest eyes in the world. I went to the eydoctor and was given tear duct plugs. Sounds awful, but it only took a few seconds. Restatsis didn't do crap for me. Just be sure and run your humidifier. I have a little one. It's name is humie and when I carry it from room to room, my husband sings the "best friend" song. Further proof I need to be medicated ;)

I like Allergan Refresh Liquigel drops. Blurry for a few minutes, but then you're good for a few hours.

Good luck, dry eyes suck!

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It's name is humie and when I carry it from room to room, my husband sings the "best friend" song. Further proof I need to be medicated :)

bwahaha :)

that is really funny!

i agree about the liquigel kind of drops... they ARE blurry for a minute, but i find they last much longer than the regular kind. too bad i can't use them wearing my contact lenses though!

VE i totally forgot about this thread (of course duh). i'm hoping to see my eye doctor again within the next few months (i need new contacts like yesterday), and i'll ask him about sources of information about the blinking exercises thing. it really did help, and it still does when i remember to do it ;) . my eyes aren't quite as dry as they were when i was taking effexor. i still blink too slowly though.

- rita

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