Dry eye disease can make us feel like our lives are over. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain hope when we are in pain or when we’ve tried different treatment options that fail.
I remember my rapid onset of severe symptoms well. My eyes were dry, gritty, and painful. I thought that a quick trip to my eye doctor would solve everything, but it didn’t. After weeks and months, I started to lose hope. I tried to stay mentally strong while I researched treatment options and found a dry eye specialist.
Once I found one, different treatments like Xiidra, autologous serum tears, intense pulsed light, Manuka honey gel, and Cequa helped over time. Some things that I tried didn’t help, and I had days that were downright disheartening.
What helped keep me positive and hopeful was support from my family and friends, support from my dry eye community, and my relationship with God. Those things were critical in helping me realize that I am loved, that my life is more than this disease, and that my pain can have a purpose. I’m also hopeful that with time, new technologies will be developed that can be helpful to our community. In the meantime, I have found a place of stability, and though my eyes do not feel normal still, I choose joy today.
How do you maintain hope while dealing with dry eye on a daily basis and exploring different treatment options?