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spgreenfield

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Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:42:45 pm »
I need more than just plain drops...they seem to dissipate too quickly.  I found a "liquagel" with no preservative (no sting) and it feels good to my eye as I put it in, but later on it feels "goopy" almost.  Then in about 10 minutes it feels fine again but I'm not sure if that's because it's gone or just "settled" into my eye..... When I use plain drops without preservative my eye opens and closes easily, but with ointment or this gel-like drop my eye seems sluggish.  Anyone else have this happen?  Is it the brand of gel I'm buying?

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Re: Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 03:55:21 pm »
HI again, just responded to your other post about the thick gel.. I use the "regular" drops during the day for lubrication if eye feels dry,, and the thicker gel only at night. If I do happen to get up at night and  try to see, it is very hard to focus because that stuff,, Refresh PM is so thick.. I don't think I have tried the liqui-gel ,, will have to try it next I guess.. as I said, the thicker does not seem to bother me at night as I keep eye closed to sleep anyway, but it is hard to focus eye if I get up.. keep us posted as we all try to find something "in between"....
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Re: Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 03:31:10 pm »
On January 25,2012, I had a gold weight put in.  My eye felt better almost immediately.  I am in my second week back to work.  I am on the computer the majority of the day.  I use Systane Ultra drops (little bit thicker than regular drops) during the day (some days I use more than others) and lacri-lube gel at night.  It really makes my eye feel good.
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spgreenfield

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Re: Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012, 06:21:51 pm »
All your comments are so wonderful!  I just returned from seeing an optometrist (ophthalmologist couldn't see me until all the way to the end of the month!!!)  and he said I had NOTHING wrong with my eyes other than the fact I don't completely close when blinking - even when I THINK I'm closing I'm not.  But he had me close both my eyes like sleeping and the AN eye closed just fine.  He did suggest that I use ointment at night anyway until my blink is more complete.....

But my double vision has gone and tomorrow I go for balance therapy for the first time.....moving on!  My new normal isn't as bad as I was afraid it would be!
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Re: Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 07:08:40 pm »
Greetings to all. I had my AN Jan of 04. My eye is my only ongoing problem. I taped it shut  ( ouch ) every night for a year. Still wouldn't close properly so had a gold  weight sewed in. That did the trick. I am now retired and spend more time on the computer then in the past and that is bad on the eye. Since I don't blink, I don't get it properly lubed. I now use ointment day and night. It burns if I don't. Reading is wonderful as eyes move constantly. With the weight in, my eye drifts closed in a few minutes. I have an appointment next week to check out having my eye partially sewed shut. My eye Dr says my eye is like a windshield with chips and that is why it burns so bad. The positive side is my grandkids love to sneak up on my blind side when I am reading and scare the hell out of me. Do any of you have any expierience with sewing the lid????   Take care,,,,,,mrgarlic
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Re: Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 11:07:20 pm »
Mrgarlic,

I had my eye lid sewed for a month after my surgery because it stayed open all the time wit hno blinking at the beginning. It unravelled itself two weeks after the sweing becasue it is unnatural to have one open and look and the other to be shut. The procedure of sweing it is not painful at all becasue you have a local anaesthesia. It is very uncomafortable after that - becasue as I already mentioned the shut one always try to open when the good one is open too. I had a lot of massages post surgery and gradually the eye started closing more and more. It does not blink that often and all the way down as the normal one but it is better and now I use only drops in it to keep it moistured all the time.

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Re: Drops - liquid gel vs plain drops
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2012, 05:20:44 pm »
thanks guys for the info on sewing the eye shut - I've been begging my opthalmologist to sew mine shut b/c using Refresh PM ointment exclusively every 1/2 to 1 hour + using a bubble bandage at night, I'm still feeling the burn. He said even though my eye burns daily, the cornea looks good. I wouldn't want the stitches to 'open up' after only 2 weeks...
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