New plugs and questions
I have read info on the site, but this is my first post.
My dry eyes seem be from a variety of issues including mild inflamation of the oil glands, peri/menopausal issues, and the doctor brought up thyroid as being a possibility too. That one doesn't make sense because although I only have half a thyroid, I am on medication and have been stable for years. It is my gut feeling it is more menopause than anything because I know how my hormones have changed over the last couple of years and it all coincides with that.
Many years ago, I was told I had blepheritis and I assumed that was causing my problem along the hormone changes from perimenopause/menopause. The opthamologist said I don't have blepheritis. I have been using Theratears Nutrition for Dry eyes for about 2 years. I only take 2 of the caps/day. I have used Genteal gel drops, but mostly use Theratears gel or regular drops now. I also try and do the ricebag heat. I was told not to do the lid scrubs at this time.
My dry has progressed over about a 2 year period of time. I used to be able to wear contacts (gas perms) for over 30 years. I stopped wearing them 2 years ago. Now my dry eye is so severe that going out into a windy day or in a store with air that is circulating is painful. The only place I find some relieve is in a hot shower. My eyes (mostly the right one) are painful at night when I go to sleep too. I also do work on a computer and I know that doesn't help matters much.
Monday, I had Eagle plugs put in. The doc said I could do Restasis, but it would take up to 12 weeks to notice any improvement and I said I needed help now. So the plugs went in, but I haven't noticed any big improve yet. In fact, I was back at the doctor's office yesterday because I didn't know if the plug was hitting an area of my eye and irritating it. He said it wasn't and the plugs looked fine. He gave me a prescription for a weak steriod drop to help with inflammation. He had mentioned that I had some abrasions or ulcerations that were noted by the other doc, but they seemed to have cleared up yesterday.
Other occular problems are I am very nearsighted and I have had a retinal detachment with a scleral buckle on one eye. The other eye was treated with cryosurgery. The eye with the buckle is more sensitive to pain.
This is a brief synopsis of my situation and my questions are these:
1. Is it normal to feel some more discomfort/pain while getting used to the plugs?
2. How long until you know they are working for sure?
3. Has anyone used steriod drops to help with inflammation?
4. Can this become more managable?
5. Help for sleep?
6. Also do some people find gel drops to be more irritating than helpful? I had been using the gel because I thought it would be more lubricating, but I am not sure that is the case. I purchased regular Theratears in the vials yesterday and will see how that works. It seems strange that being in an extremely humid space like a shower is more comforting that using eye drops.