Dry eye commonly occurs when the eyes don't have enough moisture. This lack of moisture commonly causes issues like persistent itchiness, significant redness in the eyes and pain on the eye surface. Some people suffering from dry eye have a gritty or sandy feeling in the eyes, and many people who wear contacts are unable to do so comfortably due to dry eye irritation. In some cases, dry eyes can cause blurry vision.
Dry eye may occur because the tear glands are unable to make enough tears. It can also happen because there is a chemical irregularity in the tears produced. Allergies and medications like nasal decongestants and certain blood pressure medications, as well some immune system disorders like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis and menopause may also be the cause of dry eye. Chronic dry eye is a condition in itself which causes inflammation in the tissue surrounding the eyes including the tear glands which impedes a person’s ability to produce natural tears.
Dry eye can be diagnosed after a complete eye exam. The doctor will also perform a Schirmer tear test, which measures tear production.
Dr. Baskin prescribes Restasis® and Xiidra® eye drops to his patients with chronic dry eye. Restasis® is a cyclosporine emulsion that increases the eyes’ natural ability to produce tears.Restasis® be used regularly for several months for to experience the full effectiveness of natural tear production. Most patients begin to produce more tears after about a month of use, seeing a significant increase after 3-6 months. Xiidra® is another prescription eye drop solution made with the lifitegrast as the active ingredient. Xiidra® drops are used twice a day and treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in adults. These drops are only available with a prescription. Make sure your doctor knows if you wear contact lenses before using the drops. Dry eye can also be treated using punctal plugs. Talk to Dr. Baskin to figure out which treatment is the best for you.
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