If you suffer from dry eye, your eye care professional will offer you treatment options.
Many treatments for dry eyes are available without a prescription However, it’s wise to see an Accredited Dry Eye Center doctor to evaluate the cause of the condition and to create the best treatment plan for you.
The Accredited Dry Eye Centers will use the TearLab® Osmolarity Test to evaluate the effect of your treatment and if necessary make changes to ensure the best outcomes for you.
Treatments for dry eyes may include:
- Artificial Tears: There are many artificial tears available over the counter. Ask an Accredited Dry Eye Center which drop is best for your specific condition.
- Ointments. If your eyes dry out while you sleep, you can use a thicker lubricant, such as an ointment, at night.
- Plugs (temporary and permanent punctual occlusion). Sometimes it is necessary to close the ducts that drain tears out of the eye. Temporary or permanent plugs can be inserted to hold tears around the eyes longer. Many patients find that plugs improve comfort and reduce the need for artificial tears.
- Restasis®. For the treatment of chronic dry eye, Restasis is currently the only prescription eye drop that helps your eyes increase their own tear production with continued use.
- Other medications. Other medications, including topical steroids, may also be beneficial in some cases.
- Surgery. If needed, the ducts that drain tears into the nose can be permanently closed to allow more tears to remain around the eye. This is done with local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. There are no limitations in activity after having this surgery.