Last month, I blogged about moving to another climate to get relief from my LASIK dry eye symptoms. You can read it here. If you suffer with Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), you may have asked yourself: "Can I move some place wet with lots of moisture?"
How about the rainforest?
According to my research, Seattle-Tacoma is the 'Dry Eye Mecca.' It has low allergens, lots of rain and precipitation, and fairly mild winters. This month, I took a visit to see for myself and to visit my good friend, Skip. As a bonus, I was also able to get an appointment with Dry Eye Rock Star Dr. Jensen. Look for a blog later on my visit with him. Let's get to the Seattle Report.
Is it really rainy and wet?
YES. I arrived Friday night and the ground was very wet. The next day, it rained all day into the evening. The weather was in the 60's.
Did your eyes bother you?
Not as much as when I'm at home. Saturday I had to put drops in about 8 times, but when they felt dry I just walked outside into the constant drizzle of rain and I felt better! It's like walking around in a constant humidifier.
Day 3 and 4 were sunny and very nice. I used my eye drops 5 times on each day. Note: Day 3 and 4 were without serum drops (I ran out). So I only used Systane Ultra and Simulasan. That is a very big change.
Don't people get depressed because of the weather?
I've heard that, but honestly I was already depressed because my eyes hurt all the time. Depression be damned! I would love to walk around the city without messing with my eyes. Washington has some amazing outdoors things to do including mountains, lots of hiking, water sports, AND gorgeous waterfalls (Snoqualmie pictured above). Plus, Seattle rules. What an awesome town. I even got to play at a blues jam. It reminds me a little of Boston.
What about the medical community?
Dr. Jensen has his dry eye practice here! Guy is a stone cold dry eye genius (I will blog later about this). So a very big bonus for living here!
I saw a noticeable difference with the wetter climate. My eyes felt best on the sunny days because the moist air and wind coming off the water. I would attribute the Saturday dryness to recovering from a 5 hour flight (airplanes have the driest air second only to the Sahara desert). When can I move? I'm ready.
Do you live in a Dry Eye friendly climate?
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