How does restasis work

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Avatar m tn Restasis takes months to start working (about 4) and it wears off slowly if you stop using it. A missed dose here and there will not be harmful it works by slowly producing a better quality tear and reducing inflammation on the eye.
Avatar n tn i'm not personally a big fan of punctal plugs. restasis does work IMO, but only for people with reduced lacrimal gland production. it is my opinion that lacrimal gland dysfunction is not a very common cause of dry eye. the more common cause IMO is eyelid gland dysfunction (meibomianitis, blepharitis, etc). the solution for some of those with eyelid dysfunction is emollient eyedrops (vs "atrifical" tears). the 2 OTC emollients are "soothe" and "refresh endura".
Avatar n tn My results were only 2 seconds when normal break up time is around 7 seconds. Does the fact that my eyes are indeed dry have any effect on the persistent redness that I still have? My doctor gave me temporary lower punctal plugs, but they fell out after a few hours. I could feel the plugs poking my eyes when I looked side to side. Does this mean they were properly inserted all the way?
Avatar n tn You can try using a mild steroid drops for the first few weeks of treatment to ease of transition. Restasis does have pretty good science behind it and decent results can be obtained after 6 or 12 months of continuous treatment. Talk to your ophthalmolgist about restarting treatment. Also ask if the plugs are still in and consider getting new ones if needed. Try adding oral omega 3 fish oil and flax seed oil and modify lifestyle to reduce reading and computer work some.
429949 tn?1224695179 I go back to see my neuro this month and I am going to ask him if he will scan my C-spine as well as my entire spine along with the regular every six months brain MRI. Then It is back to the optho to check my eyes and vision and to see how the Restasis is working! I'll tell you it seems the doctor appointments never slow down. I am so sick of looking at doctors offices, lol~~~~ How have you been, and what has been going on with you lately?
429949 tn?1224695179 They also contain a very small amount of a chemical that is used in organ transplantation to keep the immune system from rejecting the donor organ. But since the chemical is used in such a small amount in Restasis that it does not cause any side effects when used as a topical eye drop treatment. Now, I am wondering if my immune system could be what has been attacking my eyes and tear producing glands.
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Avatar f tn I'm very concerned and quite anxious. I work on a computer 8 hours a day and don't want to pay for my glasses to be upgraded twice. Any suggestions ?
Avatar m tn How is your vision after Cataract Surgery? Please specify whether you got a monofocal or multifocal/accommodative IOL. I would like to know what distances you are able to see clearly. What distances are slightly blurry, but acceptable, and what distances are just unbearably blurry. I am particularly interested in those who have received Monofocal IOL set to Distance but I would also really appreciate hearing those experiences with different IOLs.
Avatar f tn lens with a silicone lens from a different manufacturer does eliminate the problem. (But per light show's post, this doesn't always work perfectly, either.) In your place, I'd probably want to explant the lens, especially if the explant surgery could be done by a very experienced surgeon. Please keep us posted about your progress.
Avatar f tn I know you've said it takes the Restasis that I'm on around 2-3 months to work. Does it work on this watery sensation? You've answered my other questions promptly and nicely, & I do thank you for that. I just go back & forth between stressing over this to be so aggravated. Thanks once again.
1216899 tn?1288573925 Also have developed significant problems with dry eyes and mouth. I have been using Restasis Rx eyedrops with little success and no matter how much I drink, both problems seem to wax and wane at will-also seeming to worsen with "flare-ups" and improve afterwards. I seems that these have all developed or worsened in just the last 2-3 years, esp. the last 12 months-which is also when my more obviously neurologic symptoms began(too many to list here).
Avatar m tn I find no use at all for the disolving plugs and use only permanet ones. I cannot advise you how to obtain restasis on the internet.
Avatar n tn After taking restasis for over a year and my dry eyes was not getting better the Dr. gave me lotemax but said only use that. Now after using it for 2 months only, he said I shouldn't have stopped the restasis. Now I am really annoyed.....have I lost what improvement I may have gained with the restasis having stopped it for two months? Should I be seeing a opthomologist rather than a Dr. of Optometry???
184420 tn?1326743408 Restasis takes about 3 months of use before it actually works,thats where the Lotemax kicks in-it is a steroid that helps the Restasis get to work faster.No more problems for me.Chronic Dry Eyes will do this to you.I was miserable with mine.
Avatar n tn 1.Restasis does work with eye plugs; it takes however 4-6 months to "kick in" 2. Use the search feature and archives and read about dry eyes. 3. Go to Dr. hagan's blog and read the article about dry eyes.
Avatar n tn Maybe a more productive way to look at post-tx issues and how we might best be able to return to a healthy, symptom-free life is this: It might be a good idea to find out what our forum members have been doing to overcome any post-tx problems they have encountered. Many of us have described problems with depression, pain, mental fogginess, lack of motivation, fatigue, neuropathy, sun sensitivity, rashes, etc. after ending therapy.
233488 tn?1310696703 General Information on Dry Eyes-Now known as Tears Dysfunction Syndrome. June 2014 UPDATE: A new product "OcuSOFT Lid Scrubs PLUS has worked extremely well for the condition called blepharitis (oil and debris and irritation along margin of eyelid) associated with dry eyes. The PLUS product works much better than the regular OcuSOFT Lid Scrub plus the PLUS product is left on the lids and does not have to be dried off.
233488 tn?1310696703 There is a way of using Restasis in non-preserved vials that can dramatically reduce the cost. This method does not work with the multi-drop Restasis bottle introduced the past year. We always ask for the non-preserved vials. Xiidra is relatively new. They are advertising heavily now using Jennifer Aniston as spokesperson. It is not better than Restasis and in the testing phase in some areas was not as good as Restasis.
Avatar f tn I am putting Refresh Tears in every hour on the hour and that is not helping. Is this normal??? And if yes, how long does it last? I've read the posts about dry eye and am wondering if "Restasis" (whatever that is) would be an option for me and also could someone please explain to me what "punctal" plugs are? Thanks in advance.
Avatar m tn ( was told it works but not well enough ) I don't know how Restasis actually works but I tryed for 8 months and actually feel my eyes were worse.
Avatar f tn I am on Restasis twice daily and Optive for dry eyes. My eyes also seem to strain very quickly (working all day or driving several hours). I have blurred vision all the time, reading and close work is out of the question, must use a magnifier which does not stop blurring, just allows me to get the job done. Everything I read said that is was not a painful surgery, my right eye was and still is very painful. Check up reports say everything is o.k.
Avatar n tn There are websites that, with only a few questions from their 'doctor', will furnish prescriptions drugs. It is sad to learn that your country does not furnish Restasis (cyclosporin). It has proved to be perhaps the most effective drug for moderate or severe dry eyes introduced in the last decade. By chance my wife started on Restasis today for moderate dry eyes (a better term is dysfunctional tear syndrome). Maybe soon you'll have access.
Avatar f tn Restasis stings most people when you first start. Lasts several weeks then stops. Can be eliminated by using steroid drops for 2-3 weeks when you first start them. That's what my wife and I did.
Avatar f tn As the foreign body pain increases so goes the tightening to the point both lids are drawn together. Happens a few times a day to where it is interfering with my professional life. Restasis, Lotemax, AcuVail, lubricants..... Nothing changes the outcome. This has been going on for years and ophthalmologist shrugs and doesn't know what to do. I have caught this 'eye fit' on video several times. Anyone else have this problem?
Avatar f tn I'm not sure how I can avoid this. Do you think the Restasis is a good eyedrop to help with dry eye? I know you've said it takes 2-3 months to see results. I just feel great anxiety for some reason and cannot shake it. Thank you for you input once again.
Avatar f tn eyelid surgery, especially tightening procedures such as ptosis and baggy eyelids (blepharoplasty) should be done with caution or not at all on patients with moderate or severe dry eyes and may make mild dry eyes worse and in patients prone to dry eyes (women older than 40) become symptomatic. 2. You clearly do not have an idea about how restasis works.
Avatar m tn Restasis will not work in two weeks. It takes about 4-6 months to work so you can rule out benefit from that short term. Flarex is a steroid and would make lots of things better: dry eyes, inflammation, iritis, blepharitis. It would not do anything to scars on back of eye because steroids don't reach the back of the eye in any meaningful concentration. Your description sounds much more corneal than retina. I suggest you see a cornea specialist.
572651 tn?1333939396 It becomes so easy to overlook our own advice - how many times have I written that we should never overlook the possibilities that our problems are not related to our MS? More than once I have talked about staying open to the possibilities. Today my opthamologist and I were making that very mistake when I went to see her for the transient pain I keep having in my right eye.
Avatar n tn I am afraid of eye surgery muscle surgery, especially since both eyes are affected and it would be not just one surgery, but several and maybe not even work the first times. I can't afford (mentally) to go through the kinds of odds I 've read about on the outcomes of eye surgery! Isn't there anything else? From reading this forum, too, I have learned that I should have had a TSI test, which I never did to confirm the problem. Just give me your thoughts please...