Hi, I've been diagnosed with severe eye syndrome, my ophtalmologist says it is related to the meds I am taking for anxiety, 75 mg of venlafaxine (dropped from a 225mg dose) and 1mg of clonazepam (daily), the point is that I have constant headaches and I don't know where they come from, my psych says it is related to the anxiety and that could be cephalalgias, while the opthalmologist blames venlafaxine for having my eyes totally dry. Since I've been trying to cope with it, but it's pretty hard to deal with it, yesterday I was inserted two Herrick plugs on my lacrimals, still see no difference. I use a lot of eye drops, which aren't nothing quite a relief, Schirmer tests from my ophtalmologist result always on 0 for both eyes, so she says I'm not producing tears. The weak point of it all is on my job I have to work 8-9 hrs with a computer, even adjusting the contrast whasoever I can't see any difference. What I have to do? as far as I know, all antidepressants cause dryness such dry mouth, dry eyes... and so on, I don't see the point on switching to another one if the main cause of the headaches are not the anxiety but the eyes... maybe stopping talking to the psych and stopping the treatment would improve my eyes? What would you advise? Are my headaches caused by the anxiety or it's a direct effect from the dry eye? Would you go and check to a neurologist? Sorry for all the questions. Many thanks.
OK, I will go on with the plugs, another question is that restasis is not available on my country (I have already asked to the pharmacist) is there any kind of substitute just to have a relieve or to start producing tears? (btw I'm from Spain) thank you again pippistrellodaqua,