I don't know if it's the new upper plugs or the fact I've been doing the hot compresses with the rice baggie, but lately my tears seem so sticky. When I touch my tears and put my fingers together it's sticky like there is a bit of sugar in my tears or something? Maybe it's the extra oil? It's strange. Lately my eyes seem wetter but burn a bit more and my eye lids are still itchy-burny at times. Overall my eye dryness has diminished and that feels good but they burn more and my eye lids now have the problem. So I kind of feel I swapped some of the eye symptoms for a dermatological situation. Which is worse? I don' t know. Probably the eyes I think, for now. I'm still hanging in here and hoping I continue to improve with the new plugs. I was sleeping with vaseline on my eye lids and under them and that could be cause for the extra burning. I remember my eyes feeling like this once when I tried to sleep with eye ointment. I will give that up tonight and see if I notice a difference in the morning. But why the sticky tears all of a sudden? Maybe the vaseline getting in my eyes at night. Or the compresses are bringing out the oils. Who knows.