This is my first and possibly final post but during the months of Sept. 2010 - March 2011, I was constantly hovering around this forum and others looking for help. Given that my career was in jeopardy due to my eye problems (along with pretty much everything else), I decided to move as quickly as possible to resolve this problem.
I have a number of health problems which I usually attribute to an underlying immune-mediated disorder. I won't go into the details, but eventually this began to effect my eyes. At first, the prospect of dry eyes didn't concern me, but as a software engineer, it quickly became clear that this was going to become a debilitating problem. No matter what intervention I tried, I could only write code for a max of 4 hours, and I was in constant pain the entire time.
The therapies I tried before scleral lenses included many different types of drops, compresses, punctal plugs (all 4 puncta), lacriserts, goggles, etc. I'm sure I'm leaving some other ones out. The only therapy that really helped was punctal plugs, which provided enormous relief for several months, but eventually my eye disease progressed. Fortunately, I am a pessimist and assumed that would happen So I read everything I could about advanced therapies while I could still look at a computer screen.
Once I reached the point where no intervention helped, I immediately took 2 weeks off from work and flew to Houston to receive a pair of Boston Scleral Lenses. I was skeptical at first, but this was the only shot I had to save my career.
By the way, I hate doctors and am highly critical of them But in general I would say the Baylor eye docs are some of the best I've met so far in my health odyssey. One thing is for sure, I'm indebted to Dr. Rosenthal for these devices!
So I noticed a lot of people asking about "how effective are the sceral lenses work with computer". I couldn't find any answers before therapy, so I'm providing one now
Awesome. Really, really awesome. And this is coming from someone who stares at a computer for at least 8+ hours a day with minimal blinking.
I have no trouble programming now. I'm not entirely asymptomatic, particularly after long stinds, so on those occasions, I have to put in an eye drop, but I usually forget to take them to work and that's not a problem (bear in mind I was using them every 15 minutes at least previously).
These devices saved my livelihood, and on top of that I can watch movies, tv, etc. without having to use drops or close my eyes (and be in agony regardless).
I'd write more, but I need to head out. Good luck to everyone here, and thank you for pointing me in the right direction!
P.S. I was originally concerned about the scleral lenses because I read a number of negative reviews on the internet; however, I quickly noticed that these are the same people posting over and over across multiple forums (I think one was named DryEyeQueen). I just wanted to let everyone know that I suspect most people who are treated with sclerals leave this forum and never come back, so don't be discouraged by the lack of positive posts. If you look at the medical literature, the therapeutic benefits for people with GVHD, Sjogren's etc. is astounding, and that information is not anecdotal.