Dry Eye: Treatments
A syndrome characterized by dryness of the and . It is usually caused by a deficiency in tear production. Symptoms include a feeling of burning and a possible foreign body presence in the .
About Dry Eye Treatments
Depending on the causes of , your doctor may use various approaches to relieve the symptoms.
can be managed as an ongoing condition. The first priority is to determine if a disease is the underlying cause of the dry eye (such as Sjögren’s syndrome or lacrimal and dysfunction). If it is, then the underlying disease needs to be treated.
Cyclosporine, an anti-inflammatory medication, is the only prescription drug available to treat dry eye. It decreases corneal damage, increases basic tear production, and reduces symptoms of dry eye. It may take three to six months of twice-a-day dosages for the medication to work. In some cases of severe dry eye, short term use of corticosteroid eye drops that decrease inflammation is required.
If dry eye results from taking a medication, your doctor may recommend switching to a medication that does not cause the dry eye side effect.
If contact lens wear is the problem, your eye care practitioner may recommend another type of lens or reducing the number of hours you wear your lenses. In the case of severe dry eye, your eye care professional may advise you not to wear contact lenses at all…