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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Dry Eye Syndrome (Overview)

Dry eye syndrome is when the surface of the eye becomes dry due to not producing enough tears or if they evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eye.


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Would you give me some tips for dry eye syndrome?

Would you give me some tips for dry eye syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
4 doctors shared insights

Dry Eye Syndrome (Overview)

Dry eye syndrome is when the surface of the eye becomes dry due to not producing enough tears or if they evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eye.


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Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms ?, which eye drops do both ?

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. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing the skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
Once
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I just got diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. Any tips?

I just got diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. Any tips?

Moisture: You have dryness due to diminished ability to make tear volume, or an alteration in tear composition allowing your tears to evaporate more readily. There is a "stepladder" of treatment including ointment at night, tear replacement drops during the day, punctal plugs which prevent loss of the tears you make, Restasis which can restore some flow and a few more advanced steps. Discuss with ophthal. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do NOT rub eye
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Do contacts cause dry eye syndrome?

Do contacts cause dry eye syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Does ipl treatment really help for dry eye syndrome?

Does ipl treatment really help for dry eye syndrome?

Possibly: Ipl is cutting edge technology for treating a specific cause of dry eyes called meibomitis. There are no fda trials suggesting its efficacy, only anecdotal reports. I usually reserve this option until after all other treatment modalities have been exhausted. Also, any decreased tear production needs to be addressed as a separate entity as well. ...Read more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect amblyopic eye
96 Hrs, Once for Once
Get annual eye exam
1 Yrs, Yearly for 1 Yrs, Yearly, forever
Use low vision aids if severe
Once
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Do I need antibiotics to cure my dry eye syndrome?

Do I need antibiotics to cure my dry eye syndrome?

Yes, some situations: If your dry eye has an evaporative component called blepharitis, you eyecare specialist may recommend warm compresses with lid cleansing along with application of topical antibiotics such as erythromycin, azithromycin, and oral doxycycline. It is common to see miebomian gland disease along with dry eye ocular surface problems. ...Read more