What Really Works to Treat Dry Eyes?

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Dry eyes are a common complaint as we get older, more common in women (due to hormonal changes) than in men. Dry eyes can cause redness, irritation, a gritty or burning sensation, excessive tears, light sensitivity, and blurred vision.

Most often dry eyes are a chronic condition requiring chronic treatment. Rarely, there is a specific reason for dry eyes that can be eliminated, like a medication or uncontrolled diabetes. This means you may be using artificial tears or eye drops indefinitely, and some treatments out there can add up quickly. Restasis made a whopping 1.4 billion dollars in the first half of 2015 alone. You may be wondering: is an expensive eye drop like Restasis worth it?

What causes dry eyes?
Dry eyes are classified into two groups: decreased tear production (less tears) and faster evaporative loss (the tears you do have disappear more quickly).

What works for the treatment of dry eyes?

Restasis, has it worked for you?
Dr O.

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