Hi All, I've decided to reach out to my doctor to see if I can move forward with LipiFlow on one eye. I'd rather save $400 in case it doesn't work. Can anyone fill me in on what to expect after the procedure? I'm assuming swelling and discharge but not exactly sure how long it will last. Any idea?
I recently went to an eye doctor that used fluorescein on my eyes to diagnose my dry eyes. He said that it was very mild, and told me to get systane eye drops, which I have tried before to no avail. Im worried because my eyes have been getting worse and worse, which is why I decided to visit the eye doctor, and I dont want to use eyedrops as a crutch (they dont even work for me anyway). I dont feel that my dry eyes are mild as he said, because they are almost always dry, to the point where my eyes feel tired and i have a hard time blinking/opening my eyes, and my eyelids feel weird?? like numb in a weird way, but i digress. the doctor told me to drink water to improve my dry eyes. im starting to question if he actually cares at all. how should i present my symptoms to the next doctor i visit, if i should at all? and are ordinary optometrists capable in treating dry eyes?
my eye doc recommended systane complete and it works great for me, but god its so expensive! The bottles are tiny and don't last long. At this rate I'm looking at spending 30-40 bucks a month to keep my eyes lubed. is there a cheaper option that still works as good?
I used to wear contacts for like 12 hours a day. Now I can barely wear them for 2. Even on steroid drops I can't wear contacts. I've tried tons of steroid drops, restasis, plugs, allergy drops etc. There is some inflammation in my upper eyelid that doesn't go away completely with any of those. I hate wearing glasses. Upper and lower plugs actually made my eyes tear too much but they didn't feel better. So I currently only have lower plugs. Eyes are 10x worse in mornings. Any ideas?
Recent study from the Mayo Clinic that finds that many patients who have been unsuccessful with Lipiflow treatment may benefit from IPL (Intense Pulsed Light therapy). My experience in my practice has been that dry eye symptoms can be reduced with IPL treatment for these patients. Links to our clinic and study below: