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Maria3667

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Why eye drops irritate - frequently
« on: October 26, 2019, 06:25:07 AM »
Yesterday I made an important discovery when eye drop lotion number umpteen arrived called 'Navitae Plus' (0,15% hyaluronic acid plus vitamines A & E).

I inserted it and a burning sensation started, then worse dryness, pain, redness... What the heck? After searching Google I found out dry eye sufferers may be sensitive/intolerant to methylcellulose (aka carboxymethylcellulose (CMC)- E466 or hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) - E464) which is included in MANY brands.

So if you're wondering why the drops are hurting your eyes, this could be the reason!

See:
http://www.dryeyepain.com/AllergicEyeTips.htm#avoid
« Last Edit: October 27, 2019, 02:07:32 PM by Maria3667 »
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Re: Why eye drops irritate - frequently
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2019, 03:18:23 PM »
Great tip and excellent site Maria!
I too get severe allergic reactions to some drops and have found that I am allergic to all preservatives, boric acid and borate buffers.
Even allergic to Thera Tears drops.
Amazing how many drops and eye ointments contain these.
Sjogren's (+ RA): positive ANA, RNP, RNP-A, APCA. Severe eye dryness + inflammation, multiple sensitivities and allergic reactions, fatigue. 
ORENCIA, Restasis, Anti-inflammatory diet, Vit. D & C, Ubiquinol 100mg, Omega 3....

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Re: Why eye drops irritate - frequently
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2019, 02:58:24 PM »
Hi Sharon,

Thanks for the addition!

Even though Restasis is great for my blepharitis, I do feel it's making my eyes drier. Tomorrow seeing my opthalmologist, hope she has a suggestion for a preservative and cellulose free eye lubricant.

I don't know about the boric acid and borate buffers, but seeing my sensitivity, I could very well be allergic to them too...

Are you still struggling? Or have you found a tolerable eye drop at last??
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Re: Why eye drops irritate - frequently
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2019, 03:09:45 PM »
I have found tolerable eye drops but they only give very temporary relief and don't control the inflammatory component of SS dry eyes.
I still use Restasis though not certain it is doing any good.
I very much wanted to try Regener-eyes which is made from amniotic fluid but the cost comes out to too much with the overseas shipping.
In short, still in search of a treatment for this.... :-\
Sjogren's (+ RA): positive ANA, RNP, RNP-A, APCA. Severe eye dryness + inflammation, multiple sensitivities and allergic reactions, fatigue. 
ORENCIA, Restasis, Anti-inflammatory diet, Vit. D & C, Ubiquinol 100mg, Omega 3....