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Dry Eyes, exacerbation when traveling

somemomsomemom Registered User Posts: 10,470 Senior Member
I'm out of state on business, it's much dryer here so I've loaded up on the Systane more often and get drops at night, but I still have one eye that went teary yesterday, just can't get it to stop weeping, red, bothersome etc. My insurance only works for urgent care here, but is there even anything an MD can do? I feel like I've see eye docs during a bad red eye episode and still not been offered any serious help..

Those of you with dry eyes, any medicine I could ask for to improve this?

Replies to: Dry Eyes, exacerbation when traveling

  • toledotoledo Registered User Posts: 4,820 Senior Member
    I attended a conference last weekend where an opthamologist, Dr, Fatemeh Rajaii, from Johns Hopkins, spoke on this exact subject. You could have a blocked tear duct or drain. I'd try to find a specialist in this area for a longer term fix. Sometimes it's as simple as flushing the duct.
  • travelnuttravelnut Registered User Posts: 1,598 Senior Member
    edited October 11
    @somemom - I feel your pain. Yes, there is a lot a thorough ophthalmologist can do to understand your concerns. Agree with @toledo.

    Flights often exacerbate dry eye, which can have a variety of causes. Been at this for years, here's what I've learned (ymmv): Try warm washcloth compresses as often as you can. If it could be conjunctivitis (pink eye), then be careful not to contaminate other eye. Systane makes heavier duty OTC gels for overnight, as do others. Avoid contact lenses (if applicable) and see a good eye care professional for proper diagnosis. There are lots of types of drops to address this, depending upon cause. There was a certain amount of trial and error for me, but I now have prescription drops available and use OTC drops otherwise. Use drops on flights, as the air is very dry. A pharmacist may have suggestions if you are stuck without access on the road. Sorry for your troubles; especially hard on a business trip.
  • HarvestMoon1HarvestMoon1 Registered User Posts: 6,039 Senior Member

    I've has an issue with one eye tearing on and off lately as well. I purchased something called Similason Dry Eye Relief drops over the counter. I use it in the morning and before bed and it has helped a lot. Problem is very intermittent and I am thinking of buying all new mascara thinking perhaps my current tubes are contaminated with something that is causing the issue. It's a highly annoying problem -- can't tell you how many people have asked me if I have been crying.
  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 Registered User Posts: 2,008 Senior Member
    It could be allergies if you are in a new place with different pollen than you are used to. You might try an antihistimine and continue the eye drops.
  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang Registered User Posts: 16,127 Senior Member
    Definitely try the dry eye overnight gel. I've tried several brands and prefer Refresh, but they all work. It's basically putting Vaseline on your eyes overnight.

    I don't know what drops you use, but the single-use saline drops work best for me.

    I'd suggest not using eye makeup for the time being, if you normally do.

    This is probably not relevant, but just in case: for outdoor sports, use wraparound sunglasses, especially in the wind.

    If only one eye is affected, an antihistamine is more likely to hurt than help.
  • VMTVMT Registered User Posts: 1,109 Senior Member
    I use Theratears single use. My doctor suggested when I put drops in, put in a few drops, wait a minute, put in a few more drops, repeat until you finish the container. You can really saturate the eye this way. I do find it works. Also, as suggested above, a warm wet cloth over the eye a few times a day. When flying, drink drink drink.

    I had plugs put in my lower tear ducts which helped an acute problem. Good luck. I can sympathize.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 14,765 Senior Member
    edited October 11
    The description of weeping and red made me think of pink eye, which could be possible with usage of eye drops.

    Using warmish, moist tea bags as compresses have worked for me in the past.

    Additionally, a pediatric nurse told me to use Hypotears (OTC) for pink eye when the kids were little and it always did the trick.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 32,833 Senior Member
    I also use single use drops- the preservatives in the regular eye drops irritate my eyes.
  • WellspringWellspring Registered User Posts: 1,025 Senior Member
    Alas, Hypotears is (are?) no more. Great for dry eyes but discontinued a few years ago. Don't know why.
  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang Registered User Posts: 16,127 Senior Member
    My doctors insist that I use the single-use drops without preservatives. One shouldn't use eyedrops with preservatives very often, they say.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 14,765 Senior Member
    "Alas, Hypotears is (are?) no more."

    Bummer. The product really worked well. :(
  • dwhitedwhite Registered User Posts: 845 Member
    I use the single-use drops also. After seeing my ophthalmologist, I also use a prescription lid cleaner (I was getting styes), take Omega 3 supplements and use this daily https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/thermalon-dry-eye-moist-heat-compress/ID=prod6142973-product -- which is awesome! Of course, you wont be able to heat it up on a plane, but it might help if you do it consistently before and after travel. Or just use it consistently regardless. I feel as if it has helped me a ton.
  • dwhitedwhite Registered User Posts: 845 Member
    @somemom - meant to add, if you are still out of state and have a microwave in your room, check the local Walgreens (if there is one) as they may have that Thermalon product in the store. It really will open up your glands and hopefully help while you are there.
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