Natural Alternatives: Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment

| 10/8/2009 12:42:02 PM


A few weeks ago, just before I turned out the light to go to sleep, I felt a stabbing pain in my left eye. I had been out walking my dog a few hours earlier in a high wind, so I immediately assumed that I had gotten a piece of grit or glass in my eye. For the next hour or so, I did the things I knew to do to try and remove a foreign object from my eye—flooding it with eyewash solution, holding the eyelashes out away from my eye and blinking madly.

Finally I realized it wasn't getting any better, and I was worried about something causing permanent damage to my cornea, so I did one of my least favorite things in the entire world: I went to the emergency room.

After shivering in the E. R. for a couple of hours (why do those places have to be so bloody cold?), the diagnosis was that I had a small rip in my cornea, but apparently no foreign objects in my eye. This was a relief—at least I wasn't shredding my cornea with every blink, which is what it felt like. Why I had a rip in my cornea, the E.R. doc couldn't say, but at least I didn't have to be afraid of worse damage. So I went home, tried (in vain) to get a bit of sleep, and called my regular eye doctor as soon as his office opened.

The diagnosis: dry eye syndrome. My eyes had gotten so dry while I was staring at my computer screen before I went to bed that the eyelid had stuck to the surface of my eye and caused a little tear when it moved. I have known for some time my eyes were chronically dry—I've been staring at a computer for the past three decades, I've had LASIK surgery and am addicted to artificial tears—but this was a whole new level of eye drought.

So the doctor prescribed Restasis eye drops and sent me on my way. He warned me that they could be "a little pricey." I have relatively good insurance, so I wasn't worried. When the bill came, I discovered that a month's supply is $65—with my insurance. What people with no insurance would have to pay, I don't even want to contemplate.

5/15/2015 12:25:04 PM

I've had this for years - also Rosacea in my eyes. Years ago, an ophthalmologist recommended Genteal Severe Dry Eye Gel, and to use it as often as needed. Other eye docs tried to discourage frequent use but they're full of shit. Use it when you need it. And staring at TV or monitors makes it a frequent necessity. Even the Genteal severe eye drops don't help like the gel. My eyes will be goopy for a few minutes, but I blink that away and get good relief. I buy it in bulk when on sale, because it's pricey. All of those moisturizing drops are. I've also gotten relief from hot compresses - a washcloth soaked in a mineral water that comes from Florida Warm Mineral Springs. I keep tubes of Genteal at my bedside and apply when I wake up at night w/scratchy eyes. When I get those painful tears, I apply an ice pack, with light pressure (that speeds the healing) for about 10-11 minutes

5/8/2015 1:15:39 AM

I've recently found about how amazingly effective Castor oil (cold pressed) is for dry eyes syndrome. Here's my post about it and how to use it:

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