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Breastfeeding And Dry Eye Syndrome
Sometimes: Usually, dry eye syndrome is treated easily with artificial teardrops. Moderate dry eye sometimes requires medicated eyedrops such as Restasis or anti-inflammatories and/or punctal plugs. However, sometimes dry eye can become so severe and debilitating that people can lose vision and have difficulty functioning normally.See 1 more doctor answer
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
It is not curable: There are many ways to improve and prevent it from getting worse. Artificial tears, oral supplements for example omega 3/ flaxseed as well as punctal plugs are just a few options. Dry eye syndrome can be mild to severe. There numerous ways to best diagnose it and treat it.See 1 more doctor answer
Dry eyes: Are an often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, tiredness, heaviness, blurred vision and eye pain. You can have some or all of the symptoms or even none of the symptoms and have dry eye. I would suggest starting with using over-the-counter artificial tears and a warm compress on the eye to see if that helps. Good luck!See 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Contacts float on a thin layer of tears coating the front of the eye. Because of this, contact wearers are very sensitive to dryness of the eyes as the lens will become uncomfortable, if the eye is a little dry. The contact does not cause the dryness, but is a sensitive early warning. If you are starting to have some symptoms see your ophthalmologist who can recommend more advanced lenses.See 2 more doctor answers
Relief, not cure: Eye dryness is due to lowered tear flow or altered composition of the tears with increased evaporation which usually is a long term and sometimes permanent situation. Eyedrops and some prescription medication can improve it but not cure it. There is no natural cure although "natural" drops are available with the same ingredients as normal eyedrops.See 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune: You almost certainly have dry eyes associated with your lupus, and this can be very difficult to treat. Restasis helps improve tear production, which is shut down in an autoimmune environment. You could consider punctual plugs which will help your tears stay longer in your eyes. You could also consider treating the quality of your tear film, such as by taking omega-3 orally.See 2 more doctor answers
Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?
Provide relief: OTC eyedrops supplement what is missing from your natural tears (volume, composition). They are not curative or a treatment of the underlying pathology. There is no actual permanent treatment. Restasis, a prescription drops for dry eyes, eliminates inflammatory causes for low tear flow but it also is not a cure. Dry eyes are chronic with ups and downs depending upon many factors.See 1 more doctor answer
I have been told I have dry eye syndrome. I am in extreme pain like a needle poking in my eye and cannot function, is this normal?
Yes,: Chronic Dry Eye is a disease that can be caused by advanced age, contact lens wear, certain medications, eye diseases, other medical conditions or environmental factors. One type of Chronic Dry eye is caused by decreased tear production due to inflammation. Without enough tears, the film protecting the eye can break down, creating dry spots on the cornea. You will need to see your eye doctor.
Yes: If you use many tear drops every day you may want to consider a preservative free drop. Some people become allergic to the preservative in larger tear drop bottles. If you are using more that a couple of drops a day see your ophthalmologist to determine the type of dry eye disease you have to come up with a customized treatment plan.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Your ophthalmologist will address both concerns.Get a more detailed answer ›
No harm: Lutein is suggested to improve macular health. There is no evidence of its effectiveness in dry eyes although no harm is done by using it. Consider using flax seed oil as a useful supplement for dry eyes.
Increase tears: Tears can be increased by adding artificial tears, slowing drainage by placing plugs in tear drainage ducts or by using medications to improve function of glands that produce tear components (restasis). Systemic medications should be reviewed and substituted if possible alot of the make dry eye worse. Most common are antihistamines, diuretics and beta blockers. Other meds also ask your dr.See 2 more doctor answers
Artificial tears: Your only option for over the counter treatments are artificial tears. There are several varieties. Should speak to an ophthalmologist if you have dry eye syndrome to make sure you are taking the correct type and also to make sure you truly have dry eye syndrome.See 1 more doctor answer
Can dry eye syndrome be made worse with astigmatism correction. It was not corrected prior to this.
It depends.: Astigmatism is a variation of nearsightedness (hyperopia) and farsightedness (myopia), and as such can be corrected by glasses, contact lenses and/or lasik/prk. Glasses will not disturb the surface of you eye or change its dryness, but contact lenses or surgery can make it worse. Talk with your ophthalmologist about options to pretreat (e.g., restasis) should you want contacts or surgery.See 1 more doctor answer
How to holistically heal dry eye syndrome are there any hears drops teas creams and vitamins that may heal?
Are there any vitamins or supplements/herbs that can cause dry eye syndrome? Please list them if there are.
Perhaps some help: The National Eye Institute, in "Facts About Dry Eye" identifies prescription medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, anti-depressants as frequent causes of dry eye, but makes only the broad statement "both excessive and insufficient dosages of vitamins can contribute to dry eye." Anti-oxidant/fish oil sources are promoted as helpful, as is vitamin E, evening primrose oil, flax seed