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A 49-year-old male asked:

any advice on medication for chronic dry eyed?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
OTC lubricants: Most dry eye can be handled with over the counter (otc) lubricating drops. Do not use the ones that say "gets the red out" as these are drying. Plain eye ointment at night is also helpful. For persistent eye dryness especially if the vision is impaired, see your ophthalmologist.
Dr. Constance Okeke
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Many options...: If you are already using artificial tears 2 or more times daily without relief, you can ask your doctor about restasis, a prescription medication to help produce good tears. You may also try treating the eyelid oil glands that can contribute to dry eye, by using warm compresses, lid scrubs and vitamin supplements with omega 3 fatty acids. Discuss these options with your doctor. Good luck!
Dr. Amy Lin
Dr. Amy Linanswered
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Many treatments: I recommend fish oil at least 2000 mg a day for dry eyes. Restasis is also helpful, but takes 3-4 months to take full effect. For very severe dry eyes, there is a medication called Lacrisert (hydroxypropyl cellulose). Autologous serum tears are another "medication" but is harder to find a place that does it.

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