Dry eyes

  • lannie1
  • Wilmington, NC
  • 2 years ago

I'm 3 weeks post-op for upper and lower blephroplasty, and both eyes are expremely dry.  I'm using over the counter gel and artificial tears, and wonder if anyone else has had this happen.  How long before it goes back to normal? Or is it a permanent condition?  Thanks!!

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Hi, I'm wondering how your dry eye is doing now? I am one year post op and mine is still not gone. I have been on steroid drops for 16 weeks and antibiotics for 4 months straight along with Restasis. My biggest concern is the burning pain in my left eye. By the way - I never had dry eye before my lower bleph.
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I'm so sorry to hear about all the extreme dry eye symptoms you're going through, and certainly hope that it's corrected soon. You've having surgery for it?

My Optometrist prescribed a steroidal eyedrop that helps. I also use the Genteal gels and they're helpful, too. My stitches are still tight, but tolerable at this point. I'm one month out.

Thank you so much for all the great information, and I pray that you'll be back to a comfortable state soon!
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The original surgeon prescribe steroid drops and the new surgeon said,"you have no infection, they are doing NOTHING but worsening your vision, I looked up the drops online,and blurriness is a side effect. Luckily my 12 year old German Shepherd uses the same drops daily for his calcium deposit condition in his eyes to the RXs are not going to waste! The new doctor will see me next month..he CAN correct bad bleph, but I dont want WORSE dryness and a worse outcome. There are NO guarantees.I may get another opinion besides his,if we need to do more surgery...they say you MUST wait 6 to 12 months to evaluate the result..so I am waiting!
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Unfortunately that does happen some times. Here are some others who have had post-op dry eyes. You can try a product like Restasis in the meantime (just ask your doctor first). Hope this helps.

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Lannie 1: My eyes are still so DRY 13 weeks out...I can not see well enough to drive sometimes. It was 6 weeks out before I could even drive! Try dryeyes.com for products and help. Night goggles, day goggles that are like sunglasses with little sides that go up to your face ( and you can pull tighter by adding hairband on them). If you can't get any of those products right away, try swim goggles from the drug store. I could OPEN my eyes without tons of OINTMENT at least and read my BILLS! Try celluvisc (eye drops that are VERY oily, they come in individual vials and may have to ask pharmacist for them behind the counter or to ORDER it for you the same product in the bottle is "Refresh Liquigel" and funny how NO occuplastic, board certified opthalmologists tell u about these products. My eyes feel like they are in a 40 degrees below windstorm most of the time. My eyelids are still swollen 13 weeks out and I had to massage them after hot compresses with oil/vaseline/neosporin, whatever I have...and this loosens up lid..( the new surgeon told me to do this the old one has ads on websites for bells palsy and every other eye condition and correction in the world, but doesn't know this life-saving, vision saving , almost FREE procedure. Luckily, surgeon at Loma Linda did! Are your eyelids closing all the way? Neither of my drs. said restasysis would help, would not prescribe it and Isaid, what's the harm?? And they said definitely NOT good for my condition of dry eyes...so I don't have it and don't know..but reviews online aren't that promising. Maybe u will get a dr. who WILL prescribe it so u can try it. Genteal NIGHT ointment is a MUST every night IN the eye, pull lower lid out, apply. I often put saran wrap over them, with vaseline around eye to hold wrap in place and tape or mask or night eye goggles over them. LIFE is not the same. I cant go outside, often..I live where it is WINDY....most of the time. I studied Meronk's website..it is worth the money to subscribe to it for a few weeks. WELL worth the money. DRYeyes.com is SO helpful...great...and there is another direct eye products website that dry eye gets her products from..she told me about. Forgot hame. Has EVERYTHING from super cheap goggeles to RX sunglass goggles. I hope this gets BETTER!
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