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Dry Eyes

Dry Eye

Dry eye is a very common condition which the eye does not make sufficient tears to lubricate and nourish itself.

Symptoms

Most contact lens wearers experience dry eyes at some point with many discontinuing or limiting lens wear because of discomfort. Dry eye is a significant finding in patients having undergone refractive surgery. A diet low in omega-3 fatty acids can also increase the risk of dry eye syndrome. Various medicines including chemotherapy, diuretics, antidepressants, antihistamines, and beta-adrenergic blockers may cause dry eyes as a side effect of the medication.

Treatment

There is no cure for dry eye; however, there are certain treatments options available to help reduce its effects Including:

  • Lubrication drops can provide short term relief and comfort without prescription.
  • A home humidifier puts moisture into the air.
  • Hot compresses and eyelid scrubs.
  • Taking fish oil or flax seed oil tablets (or other high quality source of omega-3 fatty acids) every day can often be helpful in alleviating symptoms of dry eye.
  • Punctal plugs can be inserted to help with the natural tear flow.
  • Restasis is a prescription medicine that can make a big impact on treating dry eye.Clyclosporine A 0.5% (Restasis) helps decrease any inflammation on the surface of the eye.
  • Avoiding caffeine can also help migraine symptoms