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-====== Eye medications and eye drops ====== 
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-<relatedarticle> [[home:symptoms:headandneck:eyes|Eye symptoms]] </article> 
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-A variety of palliative medications and over the counter supplements are available to patients suffering from glaucoma, uveitis, cataracts, and eye inflammation. Because they suppress the innate immune response and contribute to disease relapse, eye drops containing corticosteroids like Prednisone except during emergencies. Opt instead for eye drops and medications which don't contain steroids such as Optive or artificial tears instead. 
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-Patients who need temporary relief of their eye symptoms should contact their opthalmologist, physician or pharmacist for advice about palliative medications. Patients' opthalmologists who believe they need immunosuppressant eye drops to temorarily control inflammation may do so while on the Marshall Protocol (MP). 
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-Patients who are taking steroids should work with their physician to [[home:othertreatments:corticosteroids:weaningoffsteroids|wean from the medication]]. 
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-===== Types of eye medications and eye drops ===== 
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-The MP is designed so that patients can minimize the chance of eye damage due to increased inflammation by maintaining a tight olmesartan blockade. Altering the dose and scheduling of antibiotics will manage the severity of the immunopathology by slowing the rate at which bacteria are destroyed and thus reduce the chance of eye inflammation. 
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-In addition, a variety of eye medications and drops are available to treat eye inflammation and dry eye. 
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-  * cyclosporine (Restasis) – A corticosteroid. Generally contraindicated for MP patients, however, less immunosuppressive than prednisolone. 
-  * nepafenac (Nevanac)  – An NSAID available by prescription. 
-  * Optive – Non-prescription eye lubricant, is a safer option than Restasis. 
-  * prednisolone (Prednisone) – A corticosteroid. Generally contraindicated for MP patients. More immunosuppressive than cyclosporine. 
-  * terramycin – An antibacterial eye ointment available for humans in other parts of the world, and as a veterinary medication in the US.  
-Some people on the MP who have anterior uveitis have reported it to be very helpful.  Terramycin should penetrate the front part of the eye, just as the various eye drops (i.e. Pred Forte, Nevanac, etc.) used to treat uveitis do. 
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-Some patients have reported that their dry eye responds better to artificial tears which do not contain preservatives or special ingredients for "red eye," allergies, etc. 
-==== Corticosteroids ==== 
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-Patients should work with their doctor or ophthalmologist to limit their use of substances which affect the proper functioning of the immune system. Patients' doctors who believe they need immunosuppressant eye drops to temorarily control inflammation may use the drugs while on the MP. 
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-Be advised that use of steroids delays resolution of original disease symptoms while on the MP, and can have serious side effects. These side effects include glaucoma,(({{pubmed>long:5953285}})) cataracts,(({{pubmed>long:16905028}})) ocular hypertension,(({{pubmed>long: 1559550}})) and [[antidepressants#side_effects_of_corticosteroid_therapy|various other side effects]].(({{pubmed>long:11820911}}))  
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-Although newer corticosteroids with lesser pressure elevating characteristics have been developed, corticosteroid-induced ocular hypertension and glaucoma continue to be significant risks of local and systemic administration. 
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-//**McGhee** et al.//(({{pubmed>long:11820911}})) </blockquote> 
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-Regular use of olmesartan as per the MP guidelines can help a patient [[home:othertreatments:corticosteroids:weaningoffsteroids|wean from higher doses of prednisolone (Prednisone)]]. 
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-===== Patients experiences ===== 
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-For dry eyes I use Bion Tears.  They don't have preservatives which can cause trouble in some people.  My eye man prescribes three boxes at a time with a special authority and I get them at the PBS basic cost for the three. I find they work very well.  
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-//**Eliz**, MarshallProtocol.com// </blockquote> 
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-I react to //every// product out there, so it took me a long time to figure out a solution for my painful dry eyes. I use small reusable bottles filled with pure sterile saline – water at the same salinity as our bodies – which is normally used to flush out IV lines before they are used. I bought a case of the bottles at a pharmacy that deals with a lot of specialty stuff. 
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-I put a needle that screws into a syringe into the rubber top, and whenever my eyes are bothering me, I just unscrew the Luer lock syringe (you leave the needle part stuck in the bottle permanently) and drop some saline into your eyes. I look right to left a few times and this distributes it well. Instant heaven. 
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-//**Satay**, MarshallProtocol.com// </blockquote> 
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-My left eye is my worst as far as being dry. Sometimes nothing will focus. Finally, it will dawn on me, and I use artificial tears and my vision clears up! 
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-What really lets me know that it's dry is that I can often put four drops of artificial tears in my left eye and none of it runs out of my eye. At the same time, I put two in my right eye, and it runs down my cheek. That can happen whether or not the left eye has been tearing.  
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-//**Lottie**, MarshallProtocol.com// </blockquote> 
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-I use [[http://www.amazon.com/Allergan-Refresh-Lubricant-Ointment-Nighttime/dp/B0013NHRAY|Refresh PM gel]] by Allergan, a night-time product for soothing dry eyes. It is actually an ointment developed for dry eyes that bathes the eyes all night. It lasts much longer than the gel drops. Refresh PM causes blurry vision which is why it was developed for night time use.  Works great! 
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-//**DNStog**, MarshallProtocol.com// </blockquote> 
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-I found the artifical tears were not working well enough for me, had to use them at least once an hour. I got some lubricating drops, Walmart's Equate Gentle Lubricant Eye Drops, and they're working much better. 
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-//**Jillian**, MarshallProtocol.com// </blockquote> 
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-===== Notes and comments ===== 
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-    * http://www.marshallprotocol.com/view_topic.php?id=4429&forum_id=37&jump_to=43748#p43748 
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-===== References ===== 
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