hwebb wrote:I had dry eyes for years, and started taking fish oil supplements when i was diagnosed with MS (part of the SWANK diet). Anyway - my tears went from being watery, to being oily. And with this - no more dry eyes! Was a very simple thing to do, and I wish i had've known this would help my dry eyes years ago.
Sorry to hear about all the eye issues for everyone. I didn't post on this one yet, because it didn't sound exactly like my experience at first, but as the posts go on, I guess I do have some experience here.
Hwebb, as soon as I was dx'd with Dry Eye Syndrome, my ophthalmologist insisted I try flaxseed oil, which is an omega 3 like fish oil, so it should work the same way on dry eyes. Unless you're me.
I had a major reaction to it which I described in excruciatingly boring detail on this thread in the Natural Approach Forum:
I also have a punctal plug, which, like DrD says, is no big deal. Unless you're me.
The doc could only manage to jam one into a single tear duct - finally gave up on the other one. It really didn't hurt and it doesn't bother me, though. I also use prescription Restasis eye drops twice a day, which is one of the few meds that my body doesn't mind.
HB, I was told that Dry Eye Syndrome was not related to my MS, nor are my other eye issues, like cataracts. I go to my ophtho regularly (one of my nicest docs!) and he both monitors chronic issues and fixes weird emergencies, altho there's no sign of optic neuritis, the most common MS symptom.
Since we've got a doc on this thread, here's my funniest (not my strangest) eye emergency. Awhile back, the wind was blowing up a storm on my way to work and I got something in my eye that was so painful I got sent to my ophtho.
When he asked what it felt like, I told him it felt like I had 3 different things jammed in there: a sharp, scratchy thing like an eyelash, a big clump of something, and a fuzzy thing that kept floating around and blurring my vision. The doc numbed my eye and actually pulled out 3 different items: a thread-like thing, a clump of dirt, and a blob of fuzz.
Hope everyone finds some relief! There's some interesting information in this thread.