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I have severe dry eyes and have frequent cornea abrasions. Besides using restaysis, what can I do to help my condition. ?

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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Several Options

Restasis is an standard treatment for dry eye syndrome (des), but there are other treatments depending on the underlying cause(s) of your des.
Some moderate to severe cases of des can be caused by autoimmune diseases such as lupus, sjogrens, rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. It's important for your eye doctor to establish the cause of your des.

In brief: Several Options

Restasis is an standard treatment for dry eye syndrome (des), but there are other treatments depending on the underlying cause(s) of your des.
Some moderate to severe cases of des can be caused by autoimmune diseases such as lupus, sjogrens, rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. It's important for your eye doctor to establish the cause of your des.
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Dr. Renee Bovelle
Flax seed and Omega vitamins have also been shown to help Dry Eye syndrome.
Dr. Melissa Neal
Additionally I would recommend that you identify activities or environmental factors that worsen your dry eye symptoms. Trying to eliminate these or lessen them may help. For example, using a humidifier or wearing glasses outside that protect from the wind and sun may be helpful. Also consider asking your eye doctor about punctal plugs.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Recurrent erosions

Recurrent erosions can be difficult to treat especially in the setting of dry eye.
I generally place lower and possibly upper punctal plugs, start a low dose topical steroid, continue restasis, start oral doxycycline, frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acids. Epithelial removal and bctl can be helpful as well.

In brief: Recurrent erosions

Recurrent erosions can be difficult to treat especially in the setting of dry eye.
I generally place lower and possibly upper punctal plugs, start a low dose topical steroid, continue restasis, start oral doxycycline, frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acids. Epithelial removal and bctl can be helpful as well.
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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology

In brief: More systematic now

The delphi panel (dry eye disease study panel) released recommendations more recently categorizing dry eyes and the different treatments.
Restasis is a recommended treatment. Depending on the cause of your dry eyes other treatments could include tear plugs, scleral contact lenses, compounded medications, time release pellets, moisture goggles, oral anti-inflammatories, lid hygiene, etc.

In brief: More systematic now

The delphi panel (dry eye disease study panel) released recommendations more recently categorizing dry eyes and the different treatments.
Restasis is a recommended treatment. Depending on the cause of your dry eyes other treatments could include tear plugs, scleral contact lenses, compounded medications, time release pellets, moisture goggles, oral anti-inflammatories, lid hygiene, etc.
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