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Old 07-20-2013, 16:10   #1
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I've been experiencing an odd sensation in my eye, and when I looked up the symptoms there were several references to "Dry Eye" as a side effect of diabetes.

Anyone experienced with this? It's really an aggravating condition. My right eye gets stuck in the closed position, mostly at might and early morning. I got some artificial tears at the drugstore; they help a little. Makes it difficult to read.

Just wondering if anyone has some experience with this. Thanks!

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I just struggled with this a few weeks back and have a thread somewhere on it. I went to the eye doc. and he gave me drops that I have to use 2x/day. It still bothers me but is a bit better. My eyes actually hurt from sunlight and "itch" sometimes, so bad. You're not alone! The drops do help a bit.

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Thanks, Mary! I was thinking it was a getting older kind of condition--but you're just a young thing! Happy day after your birthday!

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I have dry eye and use prescription Restasis which works extremely well for me, and pretty much eliminates all symptoms. Without it I'm miserable. I don't need to use it 2x/day as prescribed, but find 1x/day works and sometimes I even skip days.

Found on the AARP site a piece by a pharmacist who doesn't like Restasis and makes this recommendation instead:

My favorite over the counter treatment is ketotifen fumarate ophthalmic solution, which is available under several brand names, including Alaway and Zaditor. Use of the ketotifen fumarate drops in each eye twice a day, along with vitamin A (15 to 25 thousand units by mouth daily), makes for a very safe and effective treatment — at a much lower cost than Restasis and without the risks that may be posed by cyclosporine.

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I also have dry eye and my diabetes ophthalmologist recommended two steps: 1) use Systane eyedrops whenever eye is feeling dry, and minimum twice a day; 2) mix a solution of 1 part Johnson's Baby Shampoo with 9 parts water; use that with a cotton tip swab to gently go around the eye just inside the eyelashes to clean out the gunk. Do upon arising and before bed.


Works wonderfully.

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I have dry eye and use prescription Restasis which works extremely well for me, and pretty much eliminates all symptoms. Without it I'm miserable. I don't need to use it 2x/day as prescribed, but find 1x/day works and sometimes I even skip days.

Found on the AARP site a piece by a pharmacist who doesn't like Restasis and makes this recommendation instead:

My favorite over the counter treatment is ketotifen fumarate ophthalmic solution, which is available under several brand names, including Alaway and Zaditor. Use of the ketotifen fumarate drops in each eye twice a day, along with vitamin A (15 to 25 thousand units by mouth daily), makes for a very safe and effective treatment ó at a much lower cost than Restasis and without the risks that may be posed by cyclosporine.
Thanks, Moon! I'm going to the drugstore right now!

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BH has dry eye due to sorjens, an autoimmune related to her lupus. When it flares up she uses a gel called Genteal. It's applied at night before bed and works really well. Perhaps something to look into?

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I didn't have a lot of dry eye trouble until after my cataract surgeries and my retinal detachment six months later, but allergies are a factor & I think my CPAP also contributes somewhat.

When I waken in the morning, I've stopped trying to open my eyes until I've squinted a bit & manipulated my eyelids to be sure they're unstuck. The artificial tears prescribed by my retinologist is just polyvinyl alcohol, and it does help - I normally use a drop in each eye right after I get up.

The baby shampoo/q-tip trick sounds good . . . I usually just go for a full facewash with extra attention to my eyes - however many times a day I need it during allergy season. But I rarely wear makeup, so a fast facewash doesn't mess up anything.




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Thoughts of baby shampoo and eye makeup are both making me squint right now. ouuuuch. I can't wait until my eyes are less sensitive than they have been.

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Before I knew I had Type 2 my eyes were dry causing me blurry vision with my contacts. Systene in the morning helps. The doc thought my dry eyes was due to allergies. I read somewhere that doctors think you have allergies when you really have diabetes. Don't know if that makes any sense or not.

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