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Hi. Looking for recommendations for an ophthalmologist or optometrist with experience with dry eyes and Sjogren's. Berkeley, Oakland or Walnut Creek areas preferred. I have had dry eyes for ~10 years and my Mom told me she was diagnosed with Sjogren's a few years ago. I'd like to be examined to see if I have it and/or how to treat my dry eyes. Thank you!
I have had troubles with dry eyes as I moved into my 40s. My optometrist recommended eye drops and also flax seed oil. I take 1 tbsp oil in morning and that helps a lot. I kind of think I should take it twice a day. My eyes seem to be drier this time of year. Older and Drier
Are there any opthamologists who specialize in dealing with severe dry eye conditions? Mine is pretty extreme and I am willing to travel far and wide for any recommendations. Many thanks!! tearless mom
Dear Tearless mom, I too suffered with severe dry eyes. I have a separate eye disease requiring 3 different eye drops and still had dry eyes. I see a cornea specialist, but doubt you need that - however will share what was done to address my issue so you will know the options. First I was prescribed Restasis eye drops (liquid gold as it is pricey, along with Thera-Tears and Patanol for irritation from hard contact lenses I must wear - Still very Dry. I then had small plastic plugs placed in my lower tear ducts (very quick, painless procedure, but ~$50 each - insurance paid!)and had improvement until they fell out twice (You just can't help but automatically rub your eyes sometimes and they come out (I didn't know it until I looked). My doctor then suggested cauterization of the ducts. It's not a pleasant procedure (quick shot of anesthesia into your lower lids, then a small heated probe is quickly put into the ducts and seals them off - and typically permanent)I had immediate/next day wonderful results. I do have to continue on all the drops, but am MUCH more comfortable. I was told it was likely hormones!! I am almost 45. Good luck. Dr. Vastine in Oakland did my procedure. He's great! happily teary