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      How many times a day do you use your eyedrops

      Hello everybody,

      how many times a day do you use your eyedrops?Is there a limit?Even if they are preservative-free?

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      eye drops after lasik

      In the first months after lasik I used them about every 15-20 minutes. At 10 months post lasik I'm down to every 2 hours or so. I had read something here about "overdropping" so am still trying to cut back.

      Wonder if every 2 hours might be too much as well ????

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      I don't understand, some doctors say to put a lot of drops so that your eyes don't get too dry and some say you shouldn't...I think every two hours is ok...

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      It depends on the day and too many times to count!
      Every day with DES is like a box of chocolates...You never know what you're going to get.

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      Depends on the day for me. 2 weeks ago, after my first set of plugs, I was doing great, only using tears 4 times a day. After a week, they got dry and red again...got another set of plugs (now all 4 ducts are plugged), and eyes are still red. This week I'm using them every hour or more.

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      ho w many times a day do you use drops

      hi all
      recently i had plugs put in (all 4) and now i use the tears a few times a day.
      prior to that i used them about every 10 to 15 minutes.
      I use Bion tears (no preservatives) and genteal.
      betty

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      Over use of eye drops is likely to reduce your tear quality. I try to use drops no more than 3 x per day: am when inserting RGPs; pm when removing and once mid day. The only time I use drops more often is if I get dirt in my eyes and need to clean and reinsert my lenses. The RGPs do seem to help with eye moisture, because they hold a pool of tears between the cornea and the RGP. Using moisture chamber 7Eye sunglasses when outdoors also helps a lot.

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      You know, this is an excellent question. There was a time when I felt that over-use of drops was probably hurting me in the long run, but, at the same time, my eyes were so freaking dry that I *had* to do something. If I hadn't used them so frequently I might have ended up with damage to my cornea from the extreme dryness.

      It's a catch-22: you need to keep your cornea moist to protect it, but the only way to do this is to dose with artificial tears, which may be ultimately impairing your body's ability to repair its own tear film.

      I used OTC drops every 30-60 minutes for well over a year. I think that over-use of oily drops (Refresh Endura was my favorite drop and sometimes I'd combine it with RefreshPM -- during the day!) made my MGD and blepharitis worse, but they may have been the only thing that kept me from losing my sanity during that time.

      My eye doc advised me to use drops containing oils no more than 4X a day.

      I feel very lucky that, since getting on autologous serum and sticking with my daily regimen, I do not use OTC drops any longer. I keep some vials around for emergencies, but I just use the serum 4X a day and Genteal Gel at bedtime.

      Teri

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      I was told to use my drops about 4x a day. The made it sound like more would be ok...but I try to stick within the limit of 4x.

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      eye drops

      As with several others on this website, my use of eye drops varies according to my needs on any given day. However, I will say that I have asked my doctor about this several times. He always says that as long as there are no preservatives in the drops, I can use them as much as I need to feel comfortable - but at least four times a day.

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      probably using way too many

      There are day I use them every 15 minutes. I feel like my day consists of this What else can you do when you can't even blink without feeling like you are peeling off layers of your eyeball just by doing so!

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      drops per day

      Don't use any drops anymore.......drops made my puncta feel raw...
      Do wash eye lashes with dandruff shampoo (close eyes tightly) every morning and every night though. And Q-Tip over lashes (gently)
      with saline solution every morning.
      "Happiness is finally getting the splinter out"

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      Smile Eye drop use

      I have been using around a bottle of eye drops a day for nearly 6 years now. Needless to say it did not take long for the preservatives to cause trouble and so I had to have preservative free ones. I was prescribed some here in the UK and although they had no preservatives in them eventually I set up a reaction to them as well.
      For about a year now I have been using Moorfields own saline solution that they prescribe for me and touch wood I have had no issues with it. Salt adn water it seems works for me.
      In fact I now only use 2/3 bottle a day.

      I have been told by Moorfields eye hospital that there is no limit use eye drops to make you feel comfortable, however the preservative ones will affect you if you use too much and the thicker ones, including the gel ones, cause the eye lashes to get sticky and so you need to wash them a lot. I used Johnsons Baby lotion when I needed to as it kept them free of the glue like substance.

      Not available in the UK as yet although available on the continent is a product called Lacrisert. These are amazing. I get them from the USA and all it is is something that resembles a grain of rice that you put into the eye. I found that then I did not need to put any more eye drops in all day. No pain, easy to use and worth the money to get them prescribed in the USA.

      Sjogrens Gal

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      eye drop insanity

      Here is the regimen I am supposed to be using. Restasis twice a day, pred forte up to 6 times a day during bad flares once a day to none if I am doing okay. Azasite once a day in the evening. then maintain eyes with lubricating drops at least 4 times a day. currently I am using drops 3-4 times an hour unless I get extremely busy with a critical care patient at work then I get behind, my eyes get very dry and then it is hard to catch up until the next day This is all when i am at work in a hospital which has great ventilation and dehumidified air. I frequently will wear goggles to work If I know I will be too busy to attend so frequently to my eyes. at home I can get by with lubricating drops about every 2-4 hours. I am not sure about how wise it is to be using the steroid drops so liberally.

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      Usually 3-5 times a day...!

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      I use Dwelle every four hours from the time I wake up until about an hour before I go to bed, and that averages about 4 times a day.

      --Liz

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      hi,

      i don't use drops anymore at all. the relief only lasts for a couple of seconds and i have the feeling it flushes away the very tiny bit of oil still left in my tearfilm. using eyedrops can also possibly slow down the body's ability to produce its own tears. seems nobody is a 100% sure about that.

      patrick...

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      Cool 3-4 x per day

      and sometimes more, depends on the weather

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      eye drops

      hi

      the frequency varies tremendously
      i have 3 plugs and on some days i just need drops once or twice a day.
      other days, the plugs don't seem to help at all and i use them every 10 or 15 minutes.
      usually i use bion tears but recently by OD suggested trying oasis tears plus so now i tend to alternate between oasis and bion tears.
      thanks, betty

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      2 many! lol

      I use artificial tears (systane) about 4-6 times a day or sometimes up to 2 vials a day on bad days.

      Pataday once a day.

      Restasis twice a day.

      Started flarex as needed - on bad allergy days

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      I have to use genteal gel many, many times per day. I go through a tube of genteal gel every 2-3 days now. It doesn't usually make my eyes actually feel much better, but I am really forced to use it this often or I know I will get a corneal ulcer.

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      Also depends on the day

      When my allergies are bad, I'm using them all the time to wash out the allergens and cool off my eye (I usually have them chilled in the fridge) so I don't claw them out! I always use the individual PF vials. I like theratears and bion tears. I use Theratears gel before bed and that's it for the night. First thing in the morning, I use one drop of Pataday in each eye.

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      Iím currently going through approximately 5 refresh plus and 5 celluvisc vials a day. So Iím guessing about 10 drops per vial so 100 drops per day? I go through two 15 dollar, 30 vial box per week. Eighty percent of that is for the left eye only, which can go through a whole refresh plus vial in less than 2 minutes without spillageÖI desperately need plugs

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      Don't want to imagine drier eye than now...

      I use Sochlor drops 4x daily (not as lubricant, for EBMD, increased corneal pressure) and Sochlor gel at nite, was using thera tears every 2 hrs after Sochlor. Now am going to try Oasis Plus in place of thera tears. Am hoping it helps alot since feel like using lubricant drops every half hr now, despite also wearing 7eye airshield glasses all waking hours... After lower punctal plug removal, my bone dry eye is now sawdust.

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      Hourly and more as needed.
      My corneal specialist "prescribed" drops every hour followed by closing my eyes for 2 minutes after administration. I use serum drops (50%) so I don't know if that contributes to drop overuse problems or not. Prior to getting serum drops I had a problem with corneal abrasions; regular administration of serum drops has helped with healing.

      When my serum drops aren't available (on the go although if I'm out all day, I use a Thermos & take my serum drops with me), I use preservative-free drops, generally Refresh Plus, preservative-free because I can buy them in bulk at Costco but I also like Refresh Optiv, preservative-free and Bion, preservative-free. I've tried other brands but those are the ones I like the best. At night, I use Refresh Celluvisc, preservative-free. I've found the ointments with mineral oil irritate my eyes and lids too much to use unless nothing else is available or in the winter when I actually use the ointments during the day.

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      Just came accross preservative free, Hycosan-plus and they claim to have an ingredient which repairs the cornea!.
      They are next on my hit-list, and the manfacturer advises, use them as often as you want, i use one of the hyco san family, and they boast that "as there is no phospate or preservative, there will be no-blurring or irritaion" which i have found (after 4 months of use) to be true.
      The vaccum release container some users complain of, but i prefer it, and it lasts (preservative free)for 6 months, with No wastage..
      As for the poll itself, i'm sure other factors come into play, like climate,quality of night sleep, daily diet etc, so no set figuire, average 5x. (one of which is last thing at night and one as soon as i awake)... Never more than once every 2x hours though..

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      I use serum tears 8 X daily. Sometimes not that often.
      Restatis I was using 2X daily, up to 4 X daily after reading that helped some people
      Mucomyst 4X daily
      Muro 128 2-4 X daily. I am not suppose to use this with mucomyst, but I was not told why, so I use it when I feel like I have lots of filaments in my eyes.
      FML ointment at night
      Muro 128 ointment at night.

      I find that if my eyes feel okay I am less likely to use my drops on a regular basis; I have a data table to fill out to keep track of how often I use my drops. Then my eyes seem to feel worse because I did not put in all my drops or take my fish oil or something.

      Before going on the serum I was sometimes using Refresh Plus, preservative-free drops as often as every 5-15 minutes. But I often found that I felt like I was washing all of the good stuff out and my eyes just continued to feel dry. I have tried other stuff that made my eyes redder and hurt more. I am also on antibiotics and supplements.

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      I'm currently 11 months post lasik. I'm still using sustain ultra pf drops at minimum every hour or two. I use a sustain gel at night and keep the bottle on my bed side table so I can put a drop or two in during the night. I work for a manufacturing plant witch irritates my eyes and I have to wear moisture glasses.

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      my schrimer test is 4mm, on the bottom end of 'Moderate' DES

      Uses drops 4 times per time, each time consists of 3 types of eye drops, Refresh+, Systane Ultra, Restasis (5 mins interval)

      - Lower plugs inserted.
      - Eat 3 x Theratears capsules every morning
      - Hot compress twice a day Morning and Night
      - DuraTears gel before sleep

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      3x per day Tears Naturelle preservative free
      hot compresses morning and night.

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