This is a list of the Dry Eye products (prescription and OTC) that I use on a daily basis. I've also included some of the gear I use. I'm not being paid to list these--it's what works for me currently. Dealing with LASIK induced Dry Eye requires a lot of experimentation. One thing may not work for another person. My current doctor has prescribed the medicines. I'll update this list as my condition advances.
Joe Spiers Harmonicas
I used to build my own, but my Dry Eye prevents me from doing detailed harmonica work. All of my videos feature my custom Marine Band harmonicas built by this amazing craftsman. www.spiersharmonicas.com
Panoptx 7eye Dry Eye Sun Glasses Great sunglasses for dry eyes! They offer several models and styles including their gasket system called Airshield. Readers of my blog can get a 10% discount by using the code BLUES10 at checkout. Here is a review on these and the website to purchase your 7eyes.
The Systane Chapel
I worship at the Systane Chapel. My friend Margaret gave me that one. I've tried every single eye drop out there. Systane wins hands down. I use:
- Systane Ultra Preservative Free Drops (cheapest at Target)
- Systane NightTime Ointment
I use the night ointment during the day too. It buys me up to an hour of freedom on good days. It has a thinner viscosity than Refresh and it doesn't make me completely blind when I put it in my eyes. A good trick to try with the Preservative Free drops: keep them cold. It's very soothing.
I'm not super thrilled with this model, but it is easy to clean and it changes cool colors. Humidifier disco. If anyone recommends another let me know! I also use a portable one made by best for my desk at work.
Xiidra How do you pronounce this? "Zy-dra?" I've been on it about a month (as of October 2016). Does it help? I think so...? Not sure if it was placebo effect yet. Downside: Burns real bad and it gives you a gross chemical drainage in your sinuses later.
My eyes itch a lot since having LASIK. I never thought about my eyes until after the surgery. One doctor said that pollen/allergens can build up in my eyes because I have plugs in my lower tear ducts to help. Since starting this new medicine last month (October 2016).
Ozark Trail Tumbler
I couldn't afford the YETI, but this tumbler does an excellent job of keeping my Autologous Serum Drops cold for several hours. I also carry my Systane Ultra drops in it. They are very soothing when kept cold. It kind of sucks to carry this everywhere I go, but it's better than being miserable. Some of the Spandex and denim jeans have enough give to carry it in my back pocket (Fried Denim is the brand name of the jeans I wear). These tumblers cost about $8 at Walmart.
If your Dry Eye is really bad like mine, you can get Autologous Serum Drops made. They spin the serum out of your blood and make a compounded eye drop. Apparently, the contents of your own blood is a better healing component than any OTC eye drop. It costs $200 (no insurance coverage) every time I re-fill them. They last about two months. It's been effective for me to mix them throughout the day with Systane Ultra. I call them 'Dracula Drops.'
I showed up at the pharmacy the first time and they asked me to verify the name on the forms. I said, "It doesn't say Count Dracula!" Ha ha. It made the pharmacist laugh.
Make lemonade with your lemons. Staying positive and finding humor has really helped on my 'bad eye days.' My Dad got a real kick out of this because he is a college professor and teaches Dracula in one of his literature classes. When I was a kid, he used to joke that Saber tooth Tigers were the first vampires in real-life. Who knew that the real vampire was his own son!!!!