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Week of May 14, 2001

    Question:   I'm having a very serious problem with dry eyes. I have tried plugs, gels, drops etc. and nothing works. My eyes have been dry since I was 20. Now I'm 43 and my eyes are worse. They burn, ache and my vision is blurry. At night the eyes no longer relubricate themselves and hurt when I wake. I can't read anymore because it really burns and hurts. I also cannot stay on the terminal very long. I'm scared I'll soon lose my job and eyesight and not be able to support my family. I would now say I am handicapped. Please HELP and let me know what breakthroughs are happening with dry eye remedies/surgeries/cures.    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I had surgery for a deviated septum on December 6, 2000. I was told I had bone spurs and other blockages, and I believe there was also work done on the turbinates. Before surgery I had almost 3 years of chronic congestion on the left side of my nose, sinus infections, and allergies. However, at this point, 5 weeks post-op, I have some concerns that my ENT does not seem to be addressing...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   What do they have in the experimental stage's for infantile epilepsy?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer