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Does anyone have this? I've worn contact lenses for many years. Now I have to switch off and wear my glasses sometimes. My eyes are always dry and then get blurry. I've spoken to my eye doc and he says it comes with age
- I'm 43. (that ain't old!) It's more a nuisance than anything else. Never really had this problem before. I use drops but that's just temporary relief.

 
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My mom (who's in her late 40's) hasn't been able to wear contacts at all for the last few years due to dry eyes. The doctor said it's a common part of the aging process, as your homones begin to change in your 40's it's common to develop dry eyes. So 43 may not be that old but it's a common age to develop dry eyes. There are a lot of special contacts and solutions made especially for dry eyes, but if you have a condition like astigmatism it may be harder to find such contacts.

I'm only 23 and I haven't been able to wear contacts for the last few years due to dry eyes, and that really surprised my doctor since such dry eyes are very uncommon for my age! He wondered if I was having hormonal problems which could cause dry eyes, but I don't think I am since everything checks out fine at the gyno and all. We've also ruled out allergies (I started taking allergy medication which almost completely cured my sinus headaches but didn't affect my dry eyes at all) and at that point I was using the same eye makeup, soap, etc. every day so it wasn't allergy to a new product. The only thing we could figure out is that I'm sleeping with my eyes partially open! That explains why my eyes are so dry they hurt when I wake up, but it doesn't explain why my eyes can't produce more tears throughout the day
The last time I tried contacts, I tried all those lenses and solutions for dry eyes, and the contacts would literally hurt (not just uncomfortable) 5 minutes after I put them, regardless of the time of day or use of eye drops! It was so weird because I had no problems before, the dry eyes developed fairly quickly!

So it is sad that I can't wear contacts anymore, but honestly I am getting used to it and don't think about it as much as I used to. My mom was also pretty upset at first, since she'd worn contacts since she was a teenager, but she's also gotten used to her glasses and we both just accept that glasses are a part of our appearances, like it or not!

If you find yourself wearing your glasses more often, you may want to splurge and buy a new pair that you really like (if you don't like your current pair) so you'll feel better when you do wear glasses! That helped me get used to wearing glasses!

 
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I think I've heard of perscription eyedrops out now that are supposed to help dry eyes and also help your eyes to produce more of your own 'moisture' and 'wetness' - can't think of the name though.


 
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Thanks. I just bought a new pair of glasses and am getting lots of compliments on them when I do wear them. It's so hard to get used to wearing them again, I'm not used to having something on my nose. What I am trying to do is wear glasses for two days, then contacts for two, etc. This way, I'm not giving them up completely either. I guess dry eyes are more common than I thought.

 
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God isn't ageing so depressing! It depresses me anyway...lol

I was thinking mabe you could try some suppliments particulary made for the eyes from a health shop. The only other thing i can think of is to keep eye drops handy and try to stay away from extreme tempretures (as too much wind or cold can make your eyes water) so can smoke etc.

Good Luck, i am thinking of getting some suppliments myself (i don't wear glasses or contacts) but eyes are so important we only have one pair.

 
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I used to work with a guy who had a terrlble time with dry eyes. He went to a couple of different eye specialists before he finally went to the Kresge Eye Institute at U of M Hospital. His tear ducts were blocked so they put in tiny tubes and that seemed to help him a lot. It has been about 6 years since I've worked with him so I can't tell you if it works for long term or anything but he sure was happy with the procedure when he had it done.

 
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Actually, one thing my doctor said that they sometimes do for dry eyes is to insert a tiny plug into the tear ducts so the tears don't drain out of your eyes as quickly ... another option, for people like me who apparently sleep with their eyes partially open, is to tape your eyes shut at night ... but both of those options just seemed a little gross to me, I think I'll stick with my glasses! lol He also mentioned a special kind of eye drop that is really thick and slimy (not like liquid), so thick that you can't see after you put it in and so you have to put it in immediately before going to bed ... if your dry eyes are really frustrating you maybe you can ask about some of those options!

 
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I hope this may help you. I suffered with this for several years and still have to be careful. I went to several doctors. Finally I found a doctor that worked with me. He tried me on restasis, but it made my eyes hurt, so he took me off that. He had me using warm compresses in the morning, several different kinds of eye drops during the day, but the best thing was I had several pairs of plugs put in, but they fell out, so he cauterized my tear ducts closed. My eyes are doing okay now, I still from time to time have a flare up, but I try to make sure I keep my contacts super clean and use eye drops several times a day. HTH.

Sandy

 
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I have awful dry eyes, but I've been working to fix it. I wasn't able to wear contacts for years, but now I can for part of the time. I wear a special kind of contacts made for dry eyes, and the optometrist recommended that I take omega-3 oil supplements. It is a healthy kind of oil that most people don't get enough of.You can take fish oil, flaxseed oil or evening primrose oil supplements. There might be others ways to get the oil, but I can't remember them off the top of my head. I also had good luck with acupuncture for dry eyes, and the traditional Chinese herbs. Two of the herbs that worked best for me were wolfberry and chrysanthemum. I can't remember their Chinese names, or what some of the other herbs were, but those were the two that I bought on my own after I ran out of the herbs the acupuncturist gave me.

 

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