#44 MY HEALING AND NEW FOCUS – PART 1

I shared my regimen with my on-line support group. One woman tried it and wrote: “I’ve been doing what Judy has been doing; it helps quite a bit.”

I faithfully continued my coconut oil regimen that was given to me by a naturopathic doctor. (#41 A NATURAL PATH-PART 2)

I wanted to give it time before jumping to any conclusions about it being the reason my eyes felt better.

I had done that before when I assumed a steroid eye drop (Durezol) was helping me when it was actually the discontinuation of eyelid wipes and artificial tears that improved my eyes. Months later when my eyes back-slid and I used Durezol, it didn’t help me.

I sought out the naturopathic doctor because I knew I had an allergy, but my insurance plan had no help for me. All the blood tests for allergies came out negative. My corneal specialist told me my corneas were fine and suggested I just use the steroid drop indefinitely, despite the risks.

I was determined to help my eyes improve and ready to expend the money and energy.

After a month of soaking my eyes with coconut oil every night, I could honestly say my eyes were better than they had been in the four years since my problem began. I was almost pain-free every day.

The process itself was actually very soothing. The oil felt really good as I stared through it. My skin around my eyes felt wonderful, too and in the morning was soft from the night before. This was unlike many things I tried. Optimel (Manuka honey eye drops), testosterone cream, Azasite and Cliradex wipes had burned my eyes like crazy. Even serum tears on two occasions had caused my eyes to swell and torment me.

There were three times when I neglected to do the nighttime regimen. Each time, my eyes were sore and irritated on the following day. This just confirmed that my regimen was working for me. What was interesting was that it wasn’t simple to fix. Soaking my eyes with coconut oil during the day left my vision blurry and my eyes remained irritated.

I shared my regimen with my on-line support group. One woman tried it and wrote: “I’ve been doing what Judy has been doing; it helps quite a bit.”

I wished more people had tried it and found relief. I understood that it was unconventional. But it was actually the first regimen that didn’t hurt my eyes.

When I discovered I did much better without artificial tears, I felt badly because some people shared that when they stopped using artificial tears, they had corneal abrasions.

This was a reminder to me. Dry eyes have many causes. Everyone must search for his or her own “cure;” there wasn’t one cure for everyone.

My own personal search was expensive, arduous and discouraging. There were times when I felt hopeless and my pain was disabling.

Even though I tried so many things that were dismal failures, giving up just wasn’t an option for me.

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Author: Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!

4 thoughts on “#44 MY HEALING AND NEW FOCUS – PART 1”

  1. Have you tried ipl treatment? I’m looking for people who can tell me how this helped them and how this journey went. After probing, expression I felt so much relieve I had the feelings I had found a way to manage my MGD. But after my second one I am waiting and waiting but it only gets worse, no improvement at all. I’m losing hope, I can’t do anything. I don’t know what to do.

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    1. Wendy, I am so sorry for what you are going through. I remember the desperation and pain far too well. Each treatment seemed to offer hope and my disappointment overwhelmed me. I also felt I was running out of options using traditional Western medicine and treatments. I especially was devastated that serum tears didn’t help me. My improvement began when I saw a naturopathic doctor. I’m not sure exactly what turned it around – I took supplements, including Vitamin D, which made a difference. The coconut oil was soothing for me. I’m not sure where you live – I’m in California. But I highly recommend this different approach. But every person is different.

      Keep on your path and hang onto hope. I believe you will find healing – don’t give up.

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      1. Thank you very much for your reply. I’m from the Netherlands and docters won’t even see me. They tell me I just have to use my lipid eyedrops and they can’t do nothing for me. A remark many people get.
        I know treatment is different for everyone but could you tell me what your naturopathic doctor adviced you to do and what you actually change/did to turn you’re live around? Witch supplements did you use in addition to vitamine D?
        I’m sorry for bothering you but I will do no anything to make this go away.

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  2. Hi Wendy, I understand what you are going through. I’m happy to share and a lot of info is on my blog. I received a lot of support through a dry eye support group on Facebook. I highly recommend it. It’s named: Dry Eye, Blepharitis, MGD, Corneal Neuralgia.
    My naturopathic doctor can do phone consults with you. Is that something you might consider? If so, I can share her info with you. Email me at: myjourneysinsight@gmail.com.
    You are going to find relief. I can tell you that I cannot use any kind of eyedrops. They make my eyes much worse and that was a big part of my healing – when I stopped the remedies that worsened my eyes, like eyelid wipes, warm compresses and artificial tears.
    But everyone is different. You just have to keep trying things and don’t give up.

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