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What Idoc said. Dry eye has many causes. It's best to figure out the cause then the treatment. I also have pretty good success with omega 3 fatty acid supplements and punctal plugs when appropriate.

One more thing though, the double vision (if your eyedoctor said you might need prism) MAY not be related to the dry eye at all (there are some instances of tearing that could be interpreted that way). Notice when you get the double vision and report back, also notice if the images separate up and down or sideways, and is it only on reading? Idoc or I will try to help.

Hi IDOC from Michigan. Glad you're here. The mis-information runs pretty high around here. I need some help.

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IDOC, Will the 30 day supply be enough to see if they really help me?? I have been trying the various eye dry drops for the past 20 years and nothing seems to help. The best relief I get is from frequent cleansing either with prepared products or baby shampoo.
 

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man is having two eye dr.s here a blessing! guys, here's my situation: 34 yrs. old. been welding for 18 yrs. got glasses when i was 18, contacts at 22. for the past six mos. or so, my contacts have been giving me problems. i wear coopers, and have for the past 8 yrs. my eyes seem to dry out real quick after i put the contacts in. then i battle blurriness. i just had my eyes checked a couple of months ago. prescription didn't change. told eye doc of dilemma, he made no changes. also, have had floaters in right eye since i was 13. left eye is -2.oo, right is -2.5. those numbers haven't changed in 6 yrs. any suggestions are deeply appreciated.

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Ke4,

One source of dry eye is a posterior blepharitis also sometimes called a meibomianitis (may be associated with acne rosacea). The glands just get plugged up. Besides using omega 3s or flax seed this is really a skin disorder with no good treatment except lid scrubs and massaging the glands to keep them from plugging. If you are doing it everyday,keep it up. It's probably the only real treatment that works anyway. I have tried tetracycline or a derivatitive (to help the glands not as an antibiotic)a lot of times with marginal success at best. What really works is the lid scrubs.

Blizzard,

Time to try a new contact. Try the new acuvue oasys, and perhaps even one or two other lenses. If you don't get any relief it's time to consider a lid problem, (lid hygiene, dry eye). Might be time for lasik if all fails. If you are using B&L RENU solution try opti-free express or vice versa.

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Ke4yyd,

That's a healthy dose of Fatty acids K. You have to remember that they also are a blood thinner. If you are on any blood thinners be careful. Also with that much make sure that you are not taking more than 400 IU of Vitamin E.

John,

We are doing a lot with dry eye. Getting a Specular microscope delivered next week.............Rich
 

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tailbuster and idoc,

If you were me and had floaters in both eyes would you continue to shoot? I shoot a gas gun nd don't normally shoot 3 dram loads. Will probably go to one ounce loads at lower speeds.

Thank you for your input.

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Interesting post. I do have the dry eye problem so I can only image the problems you guys must suffer.

I am able to correct my problem with eye drops.

I do have a friend who had his cararacts burned off by a laser. It took time, but he is doing much better.
 

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Edgar,

As I recall, your doctor said your retina was fine. SHOOT. The floaters are not going anywhere and they aren't hurting anything. Just learn to look at the target and try to forget about them. If you are unsure of your retina status you should find that out first. If he says it's fine. SHOOT.

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Edgar,

Your putting us on the spot. Not enough info. If I had a Vitreous detachment in each eye and there were no other factors envolved - yes I would definitely shoot! Rich
 

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Edgar,

IDoc is right again. We have to be careful what we tell you because you may or may not have all the proper information and we can only guess from what you tell us. My biggest overall question is, Did you ask your eyedoctor that question and what did he say? If you didn't ask, Why Not? You owe it to yourself to call your doc in the morning and ask the question.

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John & Rich,

I understand you position in regards to my questions. I have an appointment to go back to the doctor in two weeks and I am doing no shooting in the mean time.

Thanks Again!

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For: tailbuster & idoc

I was on here back in Janaury asking questions about floaters. When I went back to the retina specialist a retina tear had developed. The tear was repaired with a lazier. That was done 4 weeks ago. I was back to the doctor last week. At that time I asked him point blank should I continue or discontinure trapshooting. His answer was "do what you do". He said that I would be fine and that trapshooting did not contribute to my problem of floaters or the tear.

I had a tear repaired 13 years ago and was told the same thing at that time. I have a friend who shoots and has floaters and had a tear and he said that his doctor told him the same thing.

I know that you said in the pas with floaters go ahead and shoot. Any different thoughts now? I know that anything you say is based on limited information and you have not examined me. Just looking for thoughts. My e mail address is above just drop the XXs if you consider contacting me directly.

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Hi Edgr,


Boy. It's a tough call. Your retina's are evidently more susceptible to tears than most other people. Can we say a tear won't happen again? No. But we can't say it won't happen again, even if you don't shoot. All we go by is what your doctor said and he apparently thinks it's OK to shoot. I'd have to go with that, and just add that if you see new floaters or flashes to contact him asap.

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Tailbuster, what eye lid scrub do you reccommend? I have tried the washcloth and Baby shampoo with mixed results. Q tip and something? Ilotycin/ Q tip seems to work. Fatty acids 3 6 9? I caps and Lutein? Minicin/tetra derivative but $$$.? Massage the glands in the eyelid? This is an aggravating problem for me!!! TIA
 

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Ducati,

I assume you have a chronic inflammation of the eyelid. Pretty common, pretty aggravating, pretty hard to make disappear. It is best to try and isolate the reason for the lid problem and then apply the treatment. Are the Meibomian glands getting plugged? Do you keep dandruff around the eyelids area? I don't have a specific scrub that I recommend often because the cost in the drug store seems pretty high on a daily basis. Usually the diluted baby shampoo and a cotton ball do the trick. Ocusoft lid scrub wipes come to mind as a commercially available preparation. Usually, omega 3 fatty acid supplements, combined with lid scrubs and sometimes a tetracycline derivative help. I reserve ocuvites,ICaps etc for people with retina problems. They are not shown to benefit a lid problem so far as I know.

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Yes to the Dandruff and yes to the Glands plugging. It feels like I always have something in my eye and the secretion from the lid is burning to my eye. I went to my local eye Doc, poor results, I went to Cleveland Clinic and she recommended the Baby Shampoo and the Minicin. Better but not a cure of course, and not a totally satisfying treatment. Appreciate your comments/help.
 

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Ducati,

Here's my take. You probably have what I call, Irish appearing skin that gets pretty dry. The lid problem is a relection of an overall skin condition that is difficult to deal with let alone make go away. You may also have a mild or moderate rosacea associated.

What I would normally try. Stress how much the lid scrubs are important to keep the glands flowing and remove excess debris. Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids for about 6 weeks before you try to reduce to 1 a day. I might begin with a round of steroid drops to calm the inflammation. If the steroid drops help then I would probably also start you on a new Rx called Restasis soon after we stop the steroid drops. Restasis is a mild antibiotic that has been shown to increase tear production and has an anti-inflammatory effect. You likely won't get any true relief with restasis for about 2 or 3 months. At that time it should begin to help. I might, especially if rosacea is present, also start you on a tetracycline derivative for 6 weeks or more. Then after you get it under control we stay with the scrubs, omega 3's and probably restasis, forever. Even after all that, you will still likely go through periods where it is not completely in check. But, if we're real lucky maybe you stay in good shape most of the time. Hope this helps. Now go see your doctor. Ask him about restasis etc. If he knows your in it to really try and make it go away (no magic pill), he'll help.

all the best,
john
 
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