57, Evaporative Dry Eye sufferer since 2002 LipiFlow patient, 2008
I had trouble keeping my eyes open because of the burning and the pain. I
wore goggles most of the time; they kept air from coming into my eyes. I used
Braille talking books since I couldn’t read in the evening. I had trouble driving.
I tried to keep doing what I could but I was just miserable. It was debilitating.
At the end of day I would close my eyes and put hot compresses on. I tried
pretty much everything. One eye doctor said I had dry eye and just try some
over-the-counter stuff. Then I got a prescription for Doxycycline; I took
that for about six months and it didn’t help. Then I had punctal plugs, which
seemed to help for about a week.
They weren’t that high because nothing helped me before. But I was willing to try LipiFlow because I was pretty desperate. I had already done the old-fashioned method where the doctor just pushes really hard on your eyelids to open up the oil glands. It’s quite painful.
There was some discomfort; there wasn’t any pain. Compared to the other treatment it was like going from 15th-century medical treatment to 20th century.
Right away. Within a day I would cry. I hadn’t been able to actually cry for years. I was able to stop wearing the goggles unless it was windy. It was like day and night. Before this little gizmo, the only time I had relief from pain was when my eyes were shut and the compresses were on them. I’ve had a new job for the last six months and it requires more time on a computer. I couldn’t have done that before.
· first seen in 2007, patient reported severe suffering from dry eye syndrome for the past 4-5 years; problems were very complex and included constant severe pain, severe dryness, tearing, constant redness, headaches, fatigue, itching, blurred vision and difficulty reading
· patient reports using treatments including Restasis; punctal plugs; lacriserts; doxycycline; trazadone; warm compresses; many eye drops including TheraTears, Soothe and Simalasin; belladonna; salagen; flaxseed oil; fish oils; choline supplements; herbal medicines; acupuncture and humidifiers
· patient forced to wear swim goggles 95% or more of the time, and blink
constantly which caused headaches
· evaluation revealed only 2 minimally functional secreting meibomian glands on each lower lid, out of 24 on each; a diagnosis of severe meibomian gland dysfunction was made
· patient reports no pain, and in fact a pleasant and soothing effect during the treatment
· exam results show 7 glands open on each lid
One month post-treatment
· exam results show 8 glands now open on the right eye, 7 on the left
· patient reports at least 80% improvement in all symptoms; no longer has
to wear goggles in the house and can go outside without them; no longer
blinks constantly and headaches have resolved; states she can not believe the results, given her 5 years of pain and suffering
One year post-treatment
· exam results show 9 glands open on each eye
· tear film stability, redness, lid swelling and all other symptoms remain
remarkably improved or resolved
· patient reports she can read books, only wears goggles under severe
conditions and remains much improved
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