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Dr. Jay Bradley
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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

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Dr. Jay Bradley
578 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 the 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 ASAP
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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 best OTC treatment for dry eyes? Got that way when I hit 80.

What is 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 of 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 then 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 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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dry Eye Syndrome (Definition)

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