This is my first post. I've been reading all of the wonderful information here and I'm very excited to have found this site!
Up until 5 months ago I had been wearing contacts for 25 years, but was no longer able to wear them because they no longer felt good in my eyes, etc. I went to an optometrist who told me my corneas were very dry and he started me on Refresh Tears several times/day and Refresh Liquigel. When I went back in a few weeks my eyes were still dry and on February 1 I started Restasis. It's now been 2 1/2 months and I'm not sure if the Restasis is working. I still experience burning and dryness, and I'm also sensitive to light. In addition, and on an unrelated note, I'm really bothered by floaters in my eyes (anyone else get these?)
It's amazing how we can take the health of our eyes for granted isn't it? I work a lot with computers and I love to read, but those things aren't as easy anymore, which is very frustrating.
I'm not exactly sure what contributed to my dry eye problems - perhaps long-term contact use, or computer use, but it's great to have found this place where everyone is in the same boat and can really relate to each other, because I believe it's difficult for family and friends to understand unless they experience it themselves.
Well, that's my story - just wanted to say hello and thanks for your support and information!