Hello, I have developed extremely dry eyes after my cataract surgery. First surgery was April 2nd and second one was April 16th. Went back to work April 22nd - my job requires me to be on the computer 8 hours every day and my eyes are in absolute agony. I am putting Refresh Tears in every hour on the hour and that is not helping. Is this normal??? And if yes, how long does it last? I've read the posts about dry eye and am wondering if "Restasis" (whatever that is) would be an option for me and also could someone please explain to me what "punctal" plugs are? Thanks in advance.
Punctal plugs are great idea. THey block the duct that carries excess tears away from eye to the nose. They would be a good idea for you. Go with trial, dissolvable plugs first. Oral flaxseed oil 1000mg twice a day. Get off the computer - that will help more than anything because nothing is worse for dry eyes. Restasis is OK but probably wont give you much help for a few months. Also, as you get off the post op drops - that will help a lot. Consider wearing glasses have some protection from air circulation - they have a foam type barrier around the edges and keep some of the drying effect at bay. I saw some sunglasses with this type of design the other day at the mall. For situations like this I usally go full court press with treatment - I'm very aggessive because the patients are miserable and I want happy patients.
Hi Dr Kutryb, thanks for your advice. Unfortunately can't get off the computer - that's my job - but will try the oral flaxseed oil and discuss with my optometrist the punctal plugs. Was going to get some more protective sunglasses anyway so will look around this weekend. Thanks so much for your help!
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