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Old 02-14-2018, 04:29 AM
 
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JerZ - Did your physician recommend any over-the-counter eye drops? I was on restasis for corneal errosion at one point, but have since switched to a drop called Muro 128. There are other drops that are more of a gel-based - much like the consistency of vaseline - that may also work. If nothing else, I'd talk to the pharmacist for recommendations. Much luck!
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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So...if I don't take Restasis for a few days does anyone have any idea whether this will be a problem? The issue is that the reason I started the Restasis was horrific. My condition causes my eye to feel like it's ripping open in the morning as literally the cells don't attach properly and they "stick" to my eyelids and rip up and away from my cornea when I open them in the morning (when I'm not medicated). This is considered permanent. Since the Restasis the issue has cleared up and it's like a godsend. If it happens again it will be devastating. I can't see when it does, I can't drive and the pain is indescribable.

Thanks so much for any help.
I've had dry eyes for about 5 years now and have the same problem when I wake up in the morning or during the night.


Go get yourself some Refresh to use temporarily. It'll help.


I developed a trick to ease up the eyelid sticking to the cornea.


When you wake up, keep your eyes closed. Get your bottle of drops. Pull down on the lower lid, apply the drops so they seep in under the upper lid, then gently pull the upper lid away from the eye straight out, 90 degrees from the cornea surface. You may get a painless pop or a slight twinge when the eyelid is released. I've had success with that technique. Otherwise my eye hurts like hell if I open it without irrigating first.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:30 AM
 
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If you get desperate, STYE EYE OINTMENT (or even 'white petroleum jelly' aka Vaseline) will provide a longer-lasting TEMPORARY solution than eye-drops, especially overnight! take care...
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:29 AM
 
Location: San Gabriel Valley, CA
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JerZ - Did your physician recommend any over-the-counter eye drops? I was on restasis for corneal errosion at one point, but have since switched to a drop called Muro 128. There are other drops that are more of a gel-based - much like the consistency of vaseline - that may also work. If nothing else, I'd talk to the pharmacist for recommendations. Much luck!
Oh my gosh, huge coincidence, I don't see the doctor until tomorrow but I got eye drops just now on the way home from school and I decided on gel ones. I just thought...gel...should last longer through the night.

I got "Blink Gel Tears."

I just have to last without my eyelids ripping up the surfaces of my corneas for...I think probably a week. I feel like that's how long it will take to have this appointment done, to have the insurance do the pre-approval and all that stuff.

Thanks, everyone. Going to go back & read the rest of replies.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:31 AM
 
Location: San Gabriel Valley, CA
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I've had dry eyes for about 5 years now and have the same problem when I wake up in the morning or during the night.


Go get yourself some Refresh to use temporarily. It'll help.


I developed a trick to ease up the eyelid sticking to the cornea.


When you wake up, keep your eyes closed. Get your bottle of drops. Pull down on the lower lid, apply the drops so they seep in under the upper lid, then gently pull the upper lid away from the eye straight out, 90 degrees from the cornea surface. You may get a painless pop or a slight twinge when the eyelid is released. I've had success with that technique. Otherwise my eye hurts like hell if I open it without irrigating first.
Thank you!
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:32 AM
 
Location: San Gabriel Valley, CA
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Thank you so much, everyone! Trying to rep all replies. I appreciate people taking the time. This is great info.
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Old 02-14-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Thank you very much.

I have an appointment for Thursday. We have switched insurance since I started with him. I was kind of forced into a small selection of specialists at the time. Let me see if that has opened up with this new insurance. We just got it.
Good luck.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Im late to the party but this is the product I've used in the past:

Refresh P.M. Ointment for Nighttime Dry Eye | Refresh Brand - Allergan

It can be found in just about any grocery or drug store.
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:57 PM
 
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Im late to the party but this is the product I've used in the past:

Refresh P.M. Ointment for Nighttime Dry Eye | Refresh Brand - Allergan

It can be found in just about any grocery or drug store.
You took the words right out of my mouth, er, hands! Good stuff!

OP, you might want to ask your eye doctor if they have any samples of Restasis which you can have to tide you over until you can get through the red tape with your insurance. Wouldn't hurt to ask at any rate.

Best of luck and I hope you can get relief quickly.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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[quote=adjusterjack;51021978]I've had dry eyes for about 5 years now and have the same problem when I wake up in the morning or during the night.


Go get yourself some Refresh to use temporarily. It'll help.


I developed a trick to ease up the eyelid sticking to the cornea.


When you wake up, keep your eyes closed. Get your bottle of drops. Pull down on the lower lid, apply the drops so they seep in under the upper lid, then gently pull the upper lid away from the eye straight out, 90 degrees from the cornea surface. You may get a painless pop or a slight twinge when the eyelid is released. I've had success with that technique. Otherwise my eye hurts like hell if I open it without irrigating first.


Thanks for this great advice. It's similar to what I do but sounds much more effective. I've been "going in" in the corner but your technique seems to be more thorough. Much appreciated!
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