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Chamomile Eye Drops For Chronic Dry Eyes
Complex treatment: See a dry eye specialist if not improving with tears or restasis, also may consider punctal plugs in noninflammatory cases. Treat underlying cause (ie autoimmune disease), check for tear production issues, check for lid position issues (evaporative), check for meibomian gland disease or things that destabilizes tear film, systemic meds, previous corneal surgery/ctl wear, may need tarsorrhaphy... ...Read more
Not usually: Can be helpful if you do a lot of computer work that involves a lot of staring. The eyes don't blink as often. Thus, dry eye syndrome is common with people spending a significant amount of time on the computer each day. ...Read more
Contacts: Yes. It is ok to use eye drops for dry eye when wearing contact lenses. If you are concerned about it, there are specific drops available over-the-counter specifically made of contact lens patients. ...Read more
Any tips for dry eyes? When I wake up every morning they feel like sandpaper. Anything other than eye drops?
Yes: While some people can just have dry eyes (especially as we age), the symptom can be caused other conditions such as allergy (especially dust mite debris), Sjogrens syndrome, and indolent infections of the eye, to name a few. If the dry eyes persist, a checkup with an ophthalmologist would be appropriate ...Read more
Please may I know what causes dry eyes. I noticed patches in my eyes and heard to use lubricating eye drops. Is this okay?
Many things.: Dry eyes can be secondary to diseases like arthritis, and many related conditions, age, drugs, like antihistamines and birth control medications. Difficult to say what you describe as "patches" is, but the could be pinguecula, normal deposits of fat on the conjunctiva, nasal side or ear side. These are nothing to be concerned about. If red, painful or enlarging, see an eye doctor. ...Read more
My 2 year old blinks very hard. I suspect it might to due to dry eyes since I have dry eyes too. What OTC brand eye drops are safe for 2 year old?
Tics: It is most likely Tics or Habbit, if the eyes are not red, not itchy and he is not doing it in his sleep or when distracted it is ok. Ignoring and distracting is the best solution. Let all caregivers know and tell them not to comment on the blinking, since it will only make it worse. If it persists or your child has other associated symptoms see your doctor and may be a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more
Dry eye treatment: The reason your eyes are only responding to the antibiotic drops is the fact that there may be an infectious or inflammatory component to your eye symptoms. The antibiotics are treating that, helping your eyes feel better. Eventually, if you continue having dry eye symptoms, then optive (or other artificial tears) are the best drops to use chronically. Follow-up with your eye doctor not better. ...Read more
Punctal plugs: If there is no inflammation on the surface of the eye and no allergies, punctal plugs may be a solution. Theses are small devices that are placed in the lids to slow the drainage of tears keeping the eyes better lubricated. See your eye doctor to see if they are right for you. ...Read more
Artificial tears: Lubricating eye drops without chemicals that relieve redness are the best drops to start with. If you do not get relief after several days of using the drops 4 times per day, see an eye doctor to evaluate if other treatments would work better for you. ...Read more
Depends: The type of drops which will be most effective for you depends on the root cause of your dryness. Your best bet is to be evaluated by an eye doctor who can recommend a treatment plan tailored to you. ...Read more
I have really bad dry eyes and I can't calm them down. I've used eye drops but it's been bad for a couple of days now. What should I do?
Dry eyes: First try preservative-free drops (the ones in a vial) as some folks are sensitive to the preservatives in bottled medications. If it is still bothering you, see an eye doctor! Restasis or punctal plugs might make your life easier! ...Read more
Was getting pain in eyes from eye drops for dry eyes and I have stopped taking them for 2 days but I am still getting pain, could it be something else?
I have dry eyes with a low tear break up time and low schrimers score. What can I do besides eye drops and omega3s? Would punctal plugs help?
Dry eyes!: Dry eyes is a very complex issue! Low schirmer and tbut, in a 31 year old is a concern. There are many items to consider such as a rheumatologic work up. As far as treatment, it may be best to gt started with Restasis or Lotemax (loteprednol) eye drops.... But you need to see an ophthalmologist that is very comfortable treating dry eyes (not dismissive of it). ...Read more
Artificial tears: I would use artificial tears frequently, every 1-2 hours, avoiding generic brands that contain BAK which can be toxic. Also take omega 3 fatty acids (3000 - 4000 mgm per day and drink plenty of water. Also, you may try punctual plugs or Restasis. Most dry eyes after LASIK are temporary so your prognosis should be good. ...Read more
What to do if I have been having really dry eyes for 2 years now. Thatsee a doctor so I could get some special eye drops?
Dry eyes: Often respond to regular dosing of artificial tears. If you are having persistent symptoms, then you should see your ophthalmologist to make sure there is nothing else contributing to your symptoms. Also, he/she will be able to prescribe other types of drops or other medications to help. ...Read more
I have very dry eyes. I roll my eyes because it makes them feel better but it's becoming a problem. My eyes sting alot but I can't use eye drops?
I have REALY itchy eyes I've tried itchy eye drops but that doesn't help what can I do.? I do have dry eyes I take Restasis. But doesn't help the itch
Are there good natural cures for dry eyes? I don’t want to use drugs and medicated eye drops if I can help it. I’ve read that flaxseed oil can help make tears more oily so they don’t evaporate so fast. Is this true? Are there any other natural solutions?
Although: Although taking flax seed oil by mouth can improve symptoms of dry eye, it will not have an immediate effect (and can take up to two months to be noted). In the meantime I agree that it is prudent to avoid medicated eye drops. Instead, use of a "preservative-free" artificial tear is both safe and provides immediate relief. These generally are sold over the counter and come in small plastic vials for single use. ...Read more
Have severe dry eyes (daily restasis + eye drops). Want to wear contacts more often but right eye hurts after 2 hrs. What are my options?
Will Pilocarpine help with dry eyes from Sjogrens? Overnight dry eyes is my worst symptom even with plugs & eye drops.
Minor help: Try applying plain eye ointment into each eye prior to sleeping. This will coat the eye and protect it during your worst part of dryness. ...Read more
Eyes are almost always irritated. Dry, watery, red, small amounts of mucus. Have allergies and dry eyes. Eye drops don't always help. Best solution?
Initial thoughts: Really need to examine the eyes to know what is going on here. Ithcy/watery eyes generally indicate allergy. Mucus stranding can be a sign of more severe allergy. Sometimes, the eyes become dry as a side effect of antihistamines (and maybe poor hydration) taken for allergies. Your eye drops may be of too little potency or may not be targeting true cause. ...Read more
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