Kate is still looking for a diagnosis after trying out multiple doctors. While they haven’t been able to help her much, she’s developed skills and a routine to deal with dry eye on her own. The hardest parts for her? Invalidation from doctors, trouble navigating social situations in a world that doesn’t understand dry eye, and planning her life around her condition.
Judi details the process of her most recent diagnosis and all the tests performed. She also talks about the lifestyle modifications necessary for her, and lastly shares the importance of speaking with other patients.
Adaptation was key to Jewell’s story. After a former doctor was unable to help, she took matters into her own hands to find solutions online. Note: this post mentions suicidal ideation, but Jewell says today she feels better.
Glinda recounts how troubles with unhelpful doctors eventually led her to do her own research. Along the way, she found out that exercise, in addition to her normal regimen, was one of the best ways to keep her dry eye under control.
A year after finding out she had dry eye, Scoelicolor wants answers and proper treatment from her doctors. She recounts how SLK has impacted her life, work, and studies; the mental health impact of dry eye; and what keeps her going.
If you’ve never read Rebecca’s dry eye story in full, now’s the time. Rebecca talks about her initial LASIK surgery, dry eye complications, and her deepening understanding of mental health — her own, and the health of those in the online communities she found. Today you may know her for her advocacy work and as founder of the Dry Eye Company.