I started wearing soft contact lens a year ago - 4 yrs after my last surgery. I was wondering if I would ever be able to wear them since my tear ducts were not working in that eye. I have a great eye Dr. and he wanted to give it a try. It worked thank goodness. I carry around my 'refresh' eye drops and use them 4 times a day and it seems to work. Of course, he wants to see me whenever I feel things are not feeling 'normal'. So far so good.
Yes, I did do the ointment and patching for 4 yrs and thought it would never end - but it has.
And yes, I still have paralysis on the left side of my face and I was told that if it was to get better, it would probably take a good 7 yrs. Needless to say, I have had to learn alot of patience. I have to always remember the alternative, so this is much better.