What Are My Options for Treating Dry Eye?
While dry eye may be a temporary reaction to certain medications or atmospheric conditions, dry eye can also be a condition for life. Fortunately, dry eye can usually be managed successfully, leading to enhanced eye comfort and relief from the irritating symptoms. That’s why it’s important to know your options for dry eye treatment.
Every case of dry eye is not the same – there are various causes that could be to blame. At our eye care centers in Marion, Cedar Bluff, and Bristol, Virginia , we perform comprehensive evaluations of dry eye, which is the most reliable way to offer personalized, effective treatment for each patient.
Here’s a review of the most common dry eye treatments:
- Artificial tears eye drops – these over-the-counter medications can alleviate the painful symptoms of dry eye for many people. OTC eye drops work simply by lubricating your eyes; preservative-free eye drops are recommended.
- Prescription medications – if you have a chronic case of dry eye, your eye doctor may prescribe a medicine to treat it. Some drugs are taken orally or as eye drops, and most work by decreasing inflammation of your eyelids. This enables your oil glands to secrete healthy oils into your tears, so your tear film doesn’t evaporate too rapidly.
Antibiotic eye drops may be prescribed to help stimulate oil production in the glands around your eyes. Steroid eye drops work to reduce eye inflammation. Another helpful type of eye drops, Restasis (cyclosporine), is also anti-inflammatory. This drug lubricates your eye and suppresses the immune system, stopping the body from attacking itself and causing swelling. Xiidra (lifitegrast) eye drops are approved to treat chronic dry eye by reducing inflammation.