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Dr. Jay Bradley
583 doctors shared insights

Dry Eyes (Overview)

Dry eyes eyes are not adequately lubricated. May be due to insufficient quality or production of tears.


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What causes dry eyes?

What causes dry eyes?

Many issues: Age, systemic meds, lid and skin disease, autoimmune disease, hormonal changes, viruses, diabetes and other neurotrophic issues, and many more. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Bradley
583 doctors shared insights

Dry Eyes (Overview)

Dry eyes eyes are not adequately lubricated. May be due to insufficient quality or production of tears.


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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing your skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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How do I treat dry eyes from age?

How do I treat dry eyes from age?

Several options.: Frequent artificial tear use, punctual plugs which are placed by your Ophthalmologist, Restasis prescription drops which help your eyes to produce more tears, and sometimes, omega-3 supplementation can be helpful. ...Read more

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What are dry eyes and can they be treated without medicines?

What are dry eyes and can they be treated without medicines?

Dry eyes: Xerostomia can be treated with eye drops, as long as you find the cause (ex. Medicines that cause dryness). ...Read more

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Treating Crossed Eyes (Checklist)

See a strabismus eye doctor specialist as soon as possible
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Wear glasses as recommended
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Follow patching regimen if prescribed
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How effective are punctal plugs for treating dry eyes after lasik? I am close to 1 year post op and artficial tears aren't helping.

How effective are punctal plugs for treating dry eyes after lasik? I am close to 1 year post op and artficial tears aren't helping.

Helpful: Plugs close off the tear drainage canals (into the nose) and allow you to keep the tears you make or that you apply to the eyes. They are worth trying as a next step if artificial tears are not doing the job. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC treatment for dry eyes? Got that way when I hit 80.

What is the best OTC treatment for dry eyes? Got that way when I hit 80.

I have two: One of my favorites is systane balance 2 -4 times a day in each eye and genteal gel at bedtime. Other helpful simple treatments are lid scrubs using either cetaphil facial cleanser for gentle skin (liquid) and washing your eyelids and lashes each night or ocusoft scrubs and flaxseed oil capsules 2000 mg a day. It's important to discuss this with your eye doctor and have a thorough exam. ...Read more

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Which glaucoma treatment medications will not not dry my eyes out even more? I have dry eyes, and i recently found out that I have angle-closure glaucoma as well. While researching glaucoma treatments, I read that some medications can cause dry eyes. I wo

Which glaucoma treatment medications will not not dry my eyes out even more? I have dry eyes, and i recently found out that I have angle-closure glaucoma as well. While researching glaucoma treatments, I read that some medications can cause dry eyes. I wo

I've : I've found that Xalatan (latanoprost) is one of the best tolerated of all the glaucoma medications. Sometimes it is the preservative in the medication that is the most irritating and can cause a toxic conjunctivitis/keratitis that looks a lot like dry eyes. However, if the glaucoma is severe and you really need the ocular pressure lower than sometimes it is worth it to continue the glaucoma medications and treat the toxicity or dryness at the same time with other medications. It's a lot of drops but worth it to preserve vision. I have no financial interests in Xalatan (latanoprost) or any other glaucoma medications.

Best regards, jc. ...Read more

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How to cure dry eyes?

How to cure dry eyes?

No cure: Dr eye syndrome can be mild moderate or severe. It's chronic and not curable only treatable. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of dry eyes?

How can I get rid of dry eyes?

Dry eyes: There is no curative therapy for dry eyes, but the symptoms can be reversed with the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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I have a dry eyes due to stevens johnson syndrome(drug-allergic). Is there a chance this will lead to permanent vision loss?

I have a dry eyes due to stevens johnson syndrome(drug-allergic). Is there a chance this will lead to permanent vision loss?

Yes: Steven johnson syndrome is a medical emergency. It requires urgent, aggressive treatment to save eyes and life. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent dry eyes?

What are ways to prevent dry eyes?

Treatment: Using oral vitamins, warm compresses, lid scrubs, artificial tears, eye ointment, wearing sunglasses, etc will help reduce dry eyes. ...Read more

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I have hypoactive thyroid dry eyes. If thyroid level gets corrected with medication, will dry eye go away?

I have hypoactive thyroid dry eyes. If thyroid level gets corrected with medication, will dry eye go away?

Possibly not: Even if the dry eyes were associated with the development of the thyroid condition, it can act as its own entity. Many times, you will have to treat the dry eyes separately as an autoimmune condition. There is an eye drop called Restasis that is specifically meant for this situation. You should see an eye md for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do people get dry eyes when older?

Why do people get dry eyes when older?

Diseases/Medications: Adding to dr. May's answer — older folks also tend to have more conditions/diseases like thyroid disease, arthritis, etc and these can lead to ocular surface disease/dry eye. Medications, like blood pressure meds, diuretics, and antacids (like nexium) can cause dry eye. And the longer you live, the more you have been exposed to environmental effects of photochemical pollutants and pollen. ...Read more

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There a genetic basis for having dry eyes?

Very rarely: There are some very rare genetic diseases that are associated with dry eyes. In the great majority of people dry eyes are not hereditary and they will not pass it on to their children. Dry eyes can be associated with some systemic conditions, such as sjogren's syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis, but most often the cause is unknown. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and I'm thinking of punctal occlusion. What are the risks and complications of punctal plugs and punctal cautery?

I have dry eyes and I'm thinking of punctal occlusion. What are the risks and complications of punctal plugs and punctal cautery?

Generally very safe: Punctal occlusion can be very helpful for the symptoms of dry eyes. Punctal plugs can be temporary (dissolving) or permanent (non-dissolving), but are reversible in either case. Punctal cautery is generally more irreversible and may be a little uncomfortable to have performed. The main risks are a temporary overflow of tears (epiphora) or a rub causing a plug to dislodge which then may be felt. ...Read more

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Causes for dry eyes?

Causes for dry eyes?

Many: Causes for dry eye including those that cause not enough production of tears and those that cause your tears to disappear too quickly. Your eyemd should be able to help figure out which you have and give an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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How to cure dry eyes?

No cure: Dr eye syndrome can be mild moderate or severe. It's chronic and not curable only treatable. ...Read more

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What causes dry eyes?

Many issues: Age, systemic meds, lid and skin disease, autoimmune disease, hormonal changes, viruses, diabetes and other neurotrophic issues, and many more. ...Read more

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What could cause dry eyes?

Dry eyes: Are caused by a deficiency of the tears which your eyes produce. Typically, there is no specific cause found for dry eyes, but symptoms can be caused by other eye conditions, both infectious and inflammatory. If you are having significant problems, then you should see your ophthalmologist for a complete exam. ...Read more

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What do dry eyes feel like?

Dry eye: Dry eye = irritation, scratchiness, foreign body sensation, blurred vision, eye strain or fatigue, eye pain, headache. ...Read more

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What can I do for dry eyes?

Many treatment: See an ophthalmologist to discuss your options. There are many treatment possibilities. ...Read more

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Can exercising help dry eyes?

No: Exercise will not improve dry eye. Dehydration induced by exercise without adequate hydration will actually make it worse. ...Read more

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What causes chronic dry eyes?

What causes chronic dry eyes?

Causes of dry eyes: Dry eyes can be caused many reasons. They can be aggravated by allergies. Tears can diminish as we age or with hormonal changes and contact lens wear. Many medicines can cause dryness such as some high blood pressure meds and diuretics. ...Read more

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Can dry eyes cause blurriness?

Can dry eyes cause blurriness?

Common: When the human cornea becomes dry, it's surface can become irregular and swollen. This may cause the light entering the eye(s) to be distorted and the vision to be blurred. Reconstituting the volume and quality of the tear film will typically resolve the blurring. This can be accomplished with artificial tears, lacrimal plugs, anti-inflammatory drops, and restasis! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dry eyes?

Many.....: Most common are burning, blurry vision and scratchy or foreign body sensation. ...Read more

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What to do if you got dry eyes?

Omega 3: We have had good response to oral omega 3/6 supplements
it takes a good 45-60 days of at least 2, 000 units
drink plenty of fluids without caffeine and alcohol compress your eyelids with good warm compresses twice a day for 2-3 minutes.
If all this fails, then we move on to medicated drops, etc. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes, what can I do?

I have dry eyes, what can I do?

Artificial tear: Regular application of artificial tear 3-4 x daily(preferably preservative-free) would be helpful. Wear sunglasses whenever outdoors especially on dry and windy days. The next step would be plugging the duct draining to the nose-> restasis-> a serum preparation from your own serum. Consult an ophthalmologist if artificial tear alone failed. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dry Eye Syndrome (Definition)

Dry eye that occurs when tears aren't able ...Read more