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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2012, 09:16:20 am »
I'm sorry to hear that.  Heating in this season seems to cause more eye dryness for me at night.

Karen
.7cm, left side AN , Tinnitus, Hearing preserved, Middle Fossa 8/1/12 at HEI, Drs Friedman and Schwartz, Sharing your story is extremely helpful to me.

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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2012, 09:47:07 am »
I hear you there!  I may have to return to ointment overnight to soothe my eye during the night even though I believe I fully close it - it's red in the morning....  I'll be starting use of my humidifier as well throughout the house and especially the one in the bedroom!

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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2012, 10:07:45 am »
Thanks for the reminder about using a humidifier. :)

Karen
.7cm, left side AN , Tinnitus, Hearing preserved, Middle Fossa 8/1/12 at HEI, Drs Friedman and Schwartz, Sharing your story is extremely helpful to me.

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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2013, 07:23:29 pm »
I'm still struggling with major dry eye/blurring/floaters problems.  (It sounds as if this is a permanent rather than temporary symptom post GK radiotherapy.)  I'm in the UK so some of the recommended drops aren't available.  I'm going to order the Genteal Severe Gel Drops for night and one of the other recommended drops for day use.  Could anyone let me know if any are contact lens friendly?  I'm worried I'll have to give them up if not.  I've tried Blink, Hypromellose, Refresh but they only provide very short term relief. My eyes are now feeling sore as well as dry.  If I wake in the night I have to use drops.

Thanks for all the help and support given on this site.
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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2013, 06:23:01 pm »
Hi,  I have tried everything. Has anyone tried Restasis and is it ok to use for our dry eyes after radiation and surgery? A friend gave me 4 of her Restasis and I think it was good...But I would like to know if anyone has had experience with this.

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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2013, 11:25:27 am »
Hi,

Here is the answer that I posted to a similar question sometime ago:

"I asked the cornea specialist about Restasis recently. She explained to me that Restasis is good for people who have lack of tears attributed to inflammatory issues (such as Sjogren's syndrome). She said that it is not appropriate for people who experience dry eye due to nerve damage, and she wouldn't prescribe it for me.
I had posted a question on Restasis on the forum long time ago, and based on the answers indeed most ANers have not seen a beneficial effect, and some had adverse reactions. So it seems that we are pretty much stuck with the OTC drops."

The entire thread is here:

http://www.anausa.org/smf/index.php?topic=17800.msg979747219#msg979747219

Look also here:
http://www.anausa.org/smf/index.php?topic=15948.0

Marianna
GK on April 23rd 2008 for 2.9 cm AN at Toronto Western Hospital. Subsequent MRIs showed darkening initially, then growth. Retrosigmoid surgery on April 26th, 2011 with Drs. Akagami and Westerberg at Vancouver General Hospital. Graduallly lost hearing after GK and now SSD but no other issues.

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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2013, 12:27:19 pm »
i have used Refresh Liquigel for th elast 6 yeards and woul dnot use anything else...
 i haave used everything metioned her with out success th eRefreh liquigel works best for me.
I use to laternate through outthe day with differt branda and tha twas worse..
you can usualy get two 30 ml bottles for $20

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Re: Gel drops - which ones work best?
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2013, 10:53:36 pm »
My ophthalmologist prescribed Retaine, and you can only buy them from the pharmaceutical laboratory. I checked on Amazon, and they advertise it, so maybe they sell it too and it's very expensive. I am going to stick to Systane or Genteal. I would have to spend $1200.00 a month using Retaine; it's not covered by the insurance. I got a sample, and in the box it says that it's one dose, and I would need to use it twice a day at $40.00 per day.
I had a blepharoplasty on both eyes to correct the muscles; I had it done twice, and it didn't work. My left eye closes suddenly, and I can only open it with my fingers. Using Genteal with lubricant helps. If I don't apply it at night, I can't open my eye in the morning.

 


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