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Dry eyes

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by Viv19, May 20, 2019.

  1. Viv19

    Viv19 · Well-Known Member

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    My eye specialist (rather grumpy, over worked but very very good) suggested a way to help the horrible dry scratchy eye problem that I had had for years. I’d used just about every eye drop/gel version on the market with no lasting results.
    He told me that as one gets older, the glands in the eyelids (along the inside of the eyelash edges of the eye) tend to be blocked so the eye is no longer moisturized. If you think of small children with their lovely luminous eyes - well that’s when the system works properly.
    He told me to first warm the eyes either with a clean flannel or cotton wool pads that have been warmed with hot water. Then take a q tip and press along the eye lash line, both top and bottom. Not too hard, no need to hurt your eyes. If you happen to stick the q tip in your eye, don’t give up. You’ll get better with practice!
    He told me that he had given this advice to his SIL, who later called him to ask whether she had to keep doing this to make the glands work. His answer was a grumpy ‘Duh!’ In other words yes. It does work and gets easier and more effective after a few days. It doesn’t promise toddler luminosity but it is more effective than drops or gel from the pharmacy.
     
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  2. Circuspony

    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a mask you can put in the microwave that you then pop on over your eyes for 10 mins. It softens up the glands and then you can do the massage with the q tip.

    Didn't know it was a side effect of diabetes though!
     
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    Viv19 · Well-Known Member

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    It can be. I suspect mine are down to aging eyes/tree and grass pollen allergy rather than diabetes. At least I hope so. But I have a yearly interrogation by the eye specialist as to glucose levels, meds etc.
    Your mask sounds very useful.
     
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    sunspots Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The thing that helped me was IQ omega 3 or 6. I know all omega 3/6 capsules are not identical so others might not work, or perhaps be better. One of my patients noticed the same thing. Worth trying?
     
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    Viv19 · Well-Known Member

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    Somewhere I’ve read recently that where Omega 3 is the ‘good guy’ Omega 6 (apparently in lots of chemically manufactured oils) is less of a good thing. I have no idea if that’s correct. So much info out there, it’s a case of trawling through. Anyway it makes sense that Omega 3 might help that. Will have a go!
     
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    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I take flax seed in breakfast - omega 3. Had helped hair and skin but still struggling with eyes.
     
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