Treatment for Dry Eyes
Treatment of Dry Eyes
Dry eye disease is a chronic, progressive disease that requires proper, prompt attention to solve the problem and reduce or eliminate its complications.
Studies have shown that treating all levels (mild to severe) of dry eye disease benefit from therapeutic medical treatment vs. only artificial tears or no treatment.
Medications and treatments must be targeted at the following:
- Reducing the inflammation caused by tear hyperosmolarity
- Reducing the tear osmolarity
- Treating any eyelid margin diseases such as blepharitis or meibomian gland disease (meibomitis)
According to a recent Gallup Poll, most patients do not feel that their dry eye disease is being properly treated by their eye doctor. Most eye doctors are simply providing minor symptomatic relief that is only partially helpful and certainly does not solve this chronic problem.
Treating dry eye disease is challenging. There is not one treatment that is effective on everyone and knowing the specific protocols with exact dosages is critical just like a perfect recipe. Knowing when to treat, how much to use and what treatment is critical to success. It is even important to differentiate between symptoms that begin early in the day or upon awakening vs. those that get worse throughout the day. People who wake up with dry, burning, gritty eyes often have inflammatory eyelid margin disease. Those whose eyes get dry and tired as the day goes on usually have tear deficiency. At Master Eye Associates we are experts at treating dry eye disease. Our treatments include some or all of the following:
- Lotemax (by Bausch & Lomb) Loteprednol ophthalmic suspension 0.05%
- Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion 0.05% (brand name - Restasis by Allergan)
- Azithromycin ophthalmic solution 1% (brand name - Azasite by Inspire Pharmaceuticals)
- Theratears brand artificial tears by Advanced Vision Research Inc.
- Soothe XP brand eye drops with Restoryl by Bausch & Lomb
- Systane Balance eye drop lubricant drops by Alcon
- Doxycycline monohydrate capsules
- Eyelid scrubs
- Warm compresses
- Lacrimal Punctal occlusion (occlusion of the tear drainage ducts)
- Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Restasis Two Trays
60 Vials (one month supply)