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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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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dry Eyes (Definition)

Dry eyes is a clinical finding in which a person's eyes are not properly lubricated with tears. This may be due to excessive heat, dehydration, ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for dry, sandy feeling eyes? My eyes seem worse in the summer.

What is the best treatment for dry, sandy feeling eyes? My eyes seem worse in the summer.

Dry : Dry eye is a common medical condition that results from an inadequate tear film. The normal tear film constantly coats the surface of the eye with moisture. This moisture is needed for good vision and eye health. In dry eye, the tear film evaporates easily and allows dry areas to develop on the eye surface. This will cause red and sandy feeling eyes. Other common symptoms of dry eye are blurred vision, and watering eyes from the irritation. Fortunately, dry eye has many treatment options. Over-the-counter lubricating drops, also called artificial tears, will often help. For best effect, artificial tears should be used at least three times daily. There are many different brands of artificial tears, and it is best to try a few different brands to see which gives the most relief. Some patients also benefit from oral omega 3 fatty acid supplements, e.g., fish oil or flaxseed oil. To ensure proper diagnosis, see your ophthalmologist who can also offer more advanced dry eye treatment, if needed. ...Read more

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If I have dry eyes from using the computer a lot, what best treatment to fix this would be suitable for me in this case, since i'm just 20y/o?

If I have dry eyes from using the computer a lot, what best treatment to fix this would be suitable for me in this case, since i'm just 20y/o?

Dry eyes: Dry eyes are very common among young people today, unlike previous decades before the proliferation of computers and electronic devices. A combination of radiation from screens and decreased blink rate while reading causes first dry eye then mild burns of the conjunctiva. They will heal with artificial tears, rest away from the computer, and use of radiation screens over the monitor. Sleep helps. ...Read more

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Is lipiflow a good treatment for dry eyes due to sjogrens syndrome?

Is lipiflow a good treatment for dry eyes due to sjogrens syndrome?

Not likely: This treatment is not standard nor scientifically validated. It is not likely to be helpful for sjogren's syndrome because the problem with that is inadequate tear production. Punctal plugs, artificial tear supplementation and Restasis would be better choices for this problem. ...Read more

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What causes evaporate dry eyes. What treatment do you normally need. Any complete cure?

What causes evaporate dry eyes. What treatment do you normally need. Any complete cure?

Evaporative: In evaporative dry eye, there is a deficient oil layer that prevents evaporation. So, the tears clear too rapidly from the ocular surface. Some otc drops for this include systane balance and refresh optive advanced. Taking oral omega-3 supplements and improving oil gland function with lid hygiene and warm compresses can help as well. Rosacea can worsen this. Other types of tears may be needed. ...Read more

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Can there be any treatment for blepharitis and dry eyes?

Can there be any treatment for blepharitis and dry eyes?

Lid hygiene: Blepharitis can involve the front of the lids (base of the eyelashes) or the back portion of the lids (where oil glands are located). It can definitely exacerbate dry eyes. Without an exam, it is difficult to recommend treatment. However, you might try warm compresses 5 - 10 minutes followed by a "lid scrub" with a commercially available pad such as occusoft. Systane ultra or refresh optive tears. ...Read more

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Dry eyes. Using eye lubricant. Still see ripples in 1 eye. Is there a treatment for tear film instability? If left untreated, any complications?

Dry eyes. Using eye lubricant. Still see ripples in 1 eye. Is there a treatment for tear film instability? If left untreated, any complications?

Artificial tears: Dry eyes can be bothersome and cause chronic discomfort. There are many therapy options: best to start naturally (warm compresses, diluted baby shampoo scrubs) & move up a "ladder approach" to antibiotic cream, otc artificial tears. More info at: http://eyedoc2020.Blogspot.Com/2013/04/best-step-ladder-approach-to-dry-eye I hope this helps you! ...Read more