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    I called the Manchester dry eye clinic, apparently if glands have dropped out they cannot probe them, only if they are blocked.

    I currently have 30% of glands left and believe some will have dropped out.

    Anyone have experience with probing and can inform?

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    If you still have some glands producing meibum, you should defenitly try probing technique, I tried it and didnt find any improvement cause it was too late and my glands already dropped out. you still can save this 30%glands, having them is better than 0 glands trust me, do it ASAP. Some probing techniques might be more effective than others, some doctors probe and after they inject azytromicin in the gland to improve the function. Also probing has to be repeated every 6 months or so to mantain them, is not a one time fix. If you combine this with some sessions of optima IPL, u can improve a lot! Take care!

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    • #3
      bcn90 i cant afford to get glands probed every 6 months. it costs 2k or 2.8k with lipiflow. I simply dont have the funds to do it so often.

      i'll be getting Lymecycline anti biotic next week (similar to doxy). My next move is to look into scleral lenses.

      This disease is a curse and turned my life upside down.

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      • #4
        Scleral lens may help your symptoms, but may not improve impact the underlying disease.

        Have you tried topical Azyter? It's available in the UK/EU, and it's very cheap (like cheaper than coffee).

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        • #5
          I'll be picking up a prescription for Lymecycline (anti biotic similar to doxy) this week so will have to run with this for now.

          If Scleral lens work, it will help me function as a normal human.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by deep_dry_eye View Post
            Scleral lens may help your symptoms, but may not improve impact the underlying disease.

            Have you tried topical Azyter? It's available in the UK/EU, and it's very cheap (like cheaper than coffee).
            deep_dry_eye i'll be getting Azyter. What dosage and frequency have you used for mgd and did it sting like mad?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by orange86 View Post

              deep_dry_eye i'll be getting Azyter. What dosage and frequency have you used for mgd and did it sting like mad?
              My most recent adventure of topical azithromycin (not azyter, compounded, lower concentration, and no delivery vehicle like azyter -- this is because Canada does not have azyter). I used it for twice daily for 3 months, and now switching to once daily.

              This is a pretty high dose, azyter you may be able to use a lower dose, since Azyter is higher concentration and has a better delivery vehicle.

              Azyter stung on me before when I tried it, but my compounded azithromycin does not sting. Not sure why.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deep_dry_eye View Post

                My most recent adventure of topical azithromycin (not azyter, compounded, lower concentration, and no delivery vehicle like azyter -- this is because Canada does not have azyter). I used it for twice daily for 3 months, and now switching to once daily.

                This is a pretty high dose, azyter you may be able to use a lower dose, since Azyter is higher concentration and has a better delivery vehicle.

                Azyter stung on me before when I tried it, but my compounded azithromycin does not sting. Not sure why.
                Hi, i have been using Ikervis for 1 year and clean my eyelids with Hypochlorous Acid. I don't have any posterior blepharitis, just mgd

                Would i still benefit from Azyter?

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                • #9
                  i'll be getting probing in june, i only wish i tried it last year when i had more glands.
                  i've done 1x lipiflow and circa 10 IPL's since January 2020, while watching helplessly my glands atrophy and die. it's been a miserable life.

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