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Relief for Stubborn Dry Eye

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If artificial tears and lifestyle modifications don’t relieve your dry eye, your ophthalmologist may recommend one or more of the following treatments, depending on the severity, cause and type of your dry eye:

  • Restasis (cyclosporine) is a prescription eyedrop that helps increase tear production diminished by inflammation. However, it can take several months of use before you see an improvement, and it works in only about one-third of people who use it. Restasis can also be costly.
  • Steroid eyedrops can be used short term to reduce inflammation. Limit use to no more than two weeks; longer use can lead to serious side effects such as glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements have been shown in some studies to help dry-eye symptoms, although not all experts agree on the benefits.
  • Tear duct plugs, or punctal occlusion, is an in-office procedure during which temporary or permanent plugs made from collagen or silicon are inserted into the tear ducts in the eye’s inner corner to block tears from draining.
  • Autologous serum tears use your blood serum to create eyedrops. These drops contain compounds found in natural tears that may help heal the eye’s surface. Evidence for recommending them over artificial tears is lacking, however.
  • Surgery can correct eyelid abnormalities or reduce the surface area of the eye to help reduce tear evaporation.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye, seek out a definitive diagnosis, which is crucial for proper treatment.  

Posted in Vision on February 29, 2016


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for dry eye-the article left out the treatment using scleral lenses

Posted by: widelockd | March 5, 2016 10:39 AM

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