Yesterday I mentioned that I was at the eye doctor, but I didn’t really say anything about the actual appointment. My appointment yesterday was a follow-up after the August appointment and starting Restasis for the dry eyes. In August, he told me that it takes 2-3 months for the Restasis to kick in so not to think it is not working if I don’t notice any difference in the beginning. A couple weeks ago, I felt like it was starting to kick in, but the last 2 weeks, my eyes have been really dry again. Even my sinuses are very dry and those were not dry before.
The tech took me back and I first had to ask him about his blue shirt. He did not realize that it was Blue Friday, he just wore a blue shirt by coincidence. He did the vision test first then checked the pressure in my eyes.
I was anxiously waiting for the Schirmer’s test to see if my eyes improved any as far as the dryness goes. The last time, there was one blue bar on the litmus paper – the tech that time told me that the whole paper should be blue. I could barely see any blue at all this time and when I asked him, he said that they were close. I thought maybe it was just my eyes not being able to see blue on the paper.
When the eye doctor came in, he told me that they were dryer than they were the last time. I told him that they seemed like they were getting better but then the last 2 weeks, they were really dry again. I brought up the Dlife article about dry eyes and autonomic neuropathy. He said that it may be because of the neuropathy but it may be another immune problem. I told him that the article made it sound like if you get your blood sugar under control, the dry eyes will go away. I told him that my A1cs have been in the 5s for the last 3 years other than one 6.1. He said that the problem with those articles is that they make it sound like if you never have problems with your blood sugar or get them in control, you won’t have problems and that isn’t true.
The last time I was there, he brought up doing the plugs. Yesterday he said that is still a possibility but for now, he would just like to continue with the Restasis and see if that helps. He said that I might have some weeks they seem fine and then they feel dry again – I have already noticed that. I am also using OTC eye drops and he said to continue doing that. He said that there is no need to do the Schirmer’s test next time because my eyes are bone dry and he doubts that was a surprise to me.