Hello fellow dry eye sufferers!
I've been lurking in this forum for quite some time and finally decided to register to share my story.
My dry eyes started back in 2004 when I was still living in the Philippines. I have myopia and used to wear contact lenses every day up until I had DES. It was intially diagnosed as keratitis, and I was given several ointments and drops until finally I found a Dr. who specializes in corneal abreasions. She prescribed doxycycline and that cleared up my eyes...but since that occurrence my dry eyes never went away and my eyes have been very sensitive (I would get styes, red eyes for no reason, light sensitivity,etc.).
My frustration with this condition grew more and more last year, when my right eye (n top of the DES) kept getting an infection. For no apparent reason, I would wake up one day every month last year with my right eye very red, with crusty eyelids, and I almost could not see out of that right eye. My ophthalmologists could not figure out why this is happening, until I suggested to her that my dr. in the Philippines gave me antobiotics before and that did me well. So I started taking antibiotics Jan-Sep last year just to get by.
I knew taking antibiotics was not good for my body, so I did some research and went to see several holistic doctors, who gave me nutritional supplements, homeoptahic treatments, etc. None of those helped my condition. I was still doing a lot of research during this time and stumbled upon NAET. It's an allergy desensitizing technique that's usually coupled with acupuncture treatments. I won't try to explain it here since I might sound a little cukoo, so just google it. :-)
The Dr. who has been giving me the NAET treatments is a Chinese acupuncturist. Through NAET I found out that my body was "allergic" to basic vitamins /minerals (Calcium, Vit C, Vit B, etc.) so my immune system was not working properly and could not fight the infections. I've gone through about 15 treatments already, inclcuding liver, kidney, virus, bacteria, etc. It's a little pricey, I pay $70 per treatment and she can only treat one item per session. I do think it's absolutely worth it though, since I haven't had any infection on my eyes, and the dryness has been reduced by 50% since my first treatment in Dec 2011. *keeping my fingers crossed!*
Sorry if this is such a long post! NAET might not work for everyone, but for desperate sufferers like me it might be worth a try to see if it will help you. There are certified NAET practitioners online to see if there's one near your area.
Hope this helps! Let me kow if you have any questions.