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Dry eye problem costing $30/month

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Dry eye problem costing $30/month

Does anyone else suffer from severe dry eyes? It's ridiculous how much we have to pay. Just wondering if anyone's found any cheaper options or health programs that help them?

I'm paying $12.99 (sale price, usual price is $15) for a bottle of my hydrasense eye drops, twice a month because I run out so fast. I also could use the eye ointment but can't afford it.

I actually just went two weeks of no eye drops and I can't take it anymore. I've been unemployed for 4 months, but even with a job it is still so expensive.
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Have you gone to an optometrist and if so, what was their diagnosis? Going through that much eye drop isn't normal by any standard.
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Sounds about consistent with what my OTC supplies were when recovering from laser refractive surgery, which is notorious for creating dry eyes.

Restasis (a prescription medication for dry eye) is apparently going generic, so once that happens, it may end up on the BC Drug Plan formulary. You may be able to have punctal plugging performed which can help with dry eye through an optometrist and/or on referral to an ophthalmologist.
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Supercooled wrote: Have you gone to an optometrist and if so, what was their diagnosis? Going through that much eye drop isn't normal by any standard.
Oh it is normal for people with dry eyes. I've been to the ophthalmologist like 10 times. She told me that I SHOULD be using the drops at least 6 drops multiple times a day (per eye). Really good ophthalmologist, one of the best doctors I have ever been with in general.
burnt69 wrote: Sounds about consistent with what my OTC supplies were when recovering from laser refractive surgery, which is notorious for creating dry eyes.

Restasis (a prescription medication for dry eye) is apparently going generic, so once that happens, it may end up on the BC Drug Plan formulary. You may be able to have punctal plugging performed which can help with dry eye through an optometrist and/or on referral to an ophthalmologist.
Hopefully... but my ophthalmologist never recommended the plugs so I think maybe my condition isn't as severe? I can't imagine it not being as severe, but perhaps there are worse cases.

The drops are really expensive though... I just spent around $50 last night getting eye lubrication stuff. I had laser surgery nearly 8 years ago. But dry eyes has never been a problem until the recent summers. I think it's a global warming thing.
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SquirreI wrote: Does anyone else suffer from severe dry eyes? It's ridiculous how much we have to pay. Just wondering if anyone's found any cheaper options or health programs that help them?

I'm paying $12.99 (sale price, usual price is $15) for a bottle of my hydrasense eye drops, twice a month because I run out so fast. I also could use the eye ointment but can't afford it.

I actually just went two weeks of no eye drops and I can't take it anymore. I've been unemployed for 4 months, but even with a job it is still so expensive.
https://www.costco.ca/hydraSense-Drops- ... 84331.html
3 for $24.
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qman23 wrote: Tried isopto tears?
They are hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, cheaper and last longer.
Or try any of the polyvinyl alcohol based ones too.
I think i've tried them. I don't know... I told my ophthalmologist what drops i've used, and she scolded me lol. She told me to only use preservative-free, so I switched and there isn't much preservative-free drops. The one she recommended me was like $50 for 1 10ml bottle. And $60 for the 10ml gel bottle.

Tried it but it was way too expensive and ran out so fast... so I changed to this new one called hydrasense which is preservative-free, and is the cheapest option for me... that i know of so far. They run out so fast too. I just got one bottle delivered today and I already used like 3/10th of it.
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Did your ophthalmologist tell you to try Omega-3? Don't forget to blink and reset your eye often. Place a warm towel over your eyelids for 5 to 10 minutes at night may help too.

SquirreI wrote: Oh it is normal for people with dry eyes. I've been to the ophthalmologist like 10 times. She told me that I SHOULD be using the drops at least 6 drops multiple times a day (per eye). Really good ophthalmologist, one of the best doctors I have ever been with in general.



Hopefully... but my ophthalmologist never recommended the plugs so I think maybe my condition isn't as severe? I can't imagine it not being as severe, but perhaps there are worse cases.

The drops are really expensive though... I just spent around $50 last night getting eye lubrication stuff. I had laser surgery nearly 8 years ago. But dry eyes has never been a problem until the recent summers. I think it's a global warming thing.
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We use a product called TearGel, can be found at most pharmacy but I think Costco has the best price on those too. They may be a bit cheaper than the drops and best to apply at night before you sleep.
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82 wrote: Did your ophthalmologist tell you to try Omega-3? Don't forget to blink and reset your eye often. Place a warm towel over your eyelids for 5 to 10 minutes at night may help too.
Yeah I take like really good omega 3 supplements everyday because I work out a lot, but I don't think it does anything for my eyes. Unless there is an omega 3 eye drop.
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I have dealt with dry eyes for years after my laser surgery.

I get systane ultra from costco, regular price is 19.99 for 3 10ml bottles, but sometimes it's 15.99 on sale, so I grab a pack then. The 3 bottles usually lasts me 2-3 months.
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Messerschmitt wrote: I have dealt with dry eyes for years after my laser surgery.

I get systane ultra from costco, regular price is 19.99 for 3 10ml bottles, but sometimes it's 15.99 on sale, so I grab a pack then. The 3 bottles usually lasts me 2-3 months.
Is that ok? My opthamologist said it has to be preservative free for people that guy laser eye surgery.

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