53, Evaporative Dry Eye sufferer since 1985 LipiFlow patient, 2008
By the end of the day wearing contact lenses, my eyes were uncomfortable. Pretty much every evening I used some kind of eye drop to try to ease the burning and the discomfort. I think that I was probably in the middle range; I wasn’t miserable, but I was living with this discomfort for many years. Then one of my eyes started watering pretty regularly. That was the one symptom that was most disruptive.
The drops were just meant to help alleviate the discomfort, not really treat the dry eye. My doctor suggested it would be smart to use warm compresses and then do a scrub on the inner parts of the eyelids, to help keep the discomfort down a little bit. He also suggested some blinking exercises, which I did for a while and then stopped doing.
I go annually to the eye doctor and at some point way back when he probably said, “How are your eyes feeling?” and I said, “They’re tired.” He told me I had dry eye, like so many people. That was the reason my eyes were tired and hurt at the end of the day.
My eyes have definitely improved. I can leave my contact lenses in longer, and it’s more comfortable. I’m not as desperate to get them out at the end of the day. I still use the warm compresses; I have done that religiously since the day my doctor told me to do it. A year after the treatment, I realized that I hadn’t needed to put eye drops in at the end of the day and my eye hasn’t been dripping. And it sort of hit me that I actually had improved. I was very struck by this – I hadn’t been focusing on my eyes and had gone back to my life.
· first seen in 1985, patient doing well but reported that eyes were very
· in 1986, noted 75% obstruction of meibomian glands
· the problems with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction continued – reflected in
increasing dryness, redness and difficulties with lenses
· in 1994, advised that warm compresses and blinking were mandatory, not
only for wearing contact lenses but also to avoid redness, burning and
recurrent episodes of conjunctivitis
· punctal plugs were somewhat but not totally helpful
· in 2008, despite home therapy, evaluation revealed only 4 functional
secreting meibomian glands on each lower lid; tear film stability time was
10 seconds for each eye.
One week post-treatment
· exam results show 11 glands now open on the right eye, 7 on the left
· patient reports improvement on day 1, not the rest of the week; she
summarized it as “surprising improvement”
One month post-treatment
· exam results show 10 glands open on the right eye, 13 on the left
· tear film stability for each eye is 20 seconds,
· patient reported small improvement; physician counsels that symptoms may not improve for some time because of long-term tissue changes
15 months post-treatment
· exam results show 10 glands open on each eye
· tear film stability remains at A+ level
· patient reports that treatment had been “like a delayed reaction” – noted
there was no more tearing, and other symptoms including aching had
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