What's it like living with LASIK induced Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)? It's a full time job. The symptoms are relentless. I've listed the various products and treatments I have to do on a daily basis to survive. I am not endorsing or being paid to list these products.
Routine 1. Lubricate eyes with autologous serum drops as needed (daily). 2. Take fish oil (Davinci) daily. One capsule per day. 3. Use Xiidra twice daily (Restasis did not work for me). 4. Use a hot compress on the eyes for 10-15 minutes to open glands 3-4 times a week. 5. Massage eye lids to stimulate tear gland function (compress then Eyepeace) 3-4 times per week. 6. Using Systane night-time ointment in each eye lid (before bed). 7. Instill one drop of Alcon Zatador allergy drops twice daily. 8. Use desktop desktop humidifier at work. 9. Use preservative free drops (OTC) daily as needed (includes Similasan, Systane Ultra and Bion Tears). 10. Use Avenova eyelid spray two times daily (I no longer use lid scrub pads). 11. Blephx treatment every 6 months. 12. Lipiflow treatment once per year. 13. I also did an amniotic membrane treatment in each eye one time.
How about some gratitude!? This list use to have about 30 items on it. Getting better. =)