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ARTIFICIAL TEARS are often the only treatment that people think of when it comes to CDES. They add to the moisture that eyes need and may temporarily soothe dry eye symptoms.
Most bottles of artificial tears contain preservatives which with repeated application can be toxic to the eyes. Artificial tears can also cause a dyruption in the normal function of tears on the surface of the eye. This sequence leaves the surface of the eye vulnerable and can lead to CDES.
Thus artificial tear use should be thought of as a second line of defense in the vast majority of cases.
Certain medications may bring relief for dry eyes. Retasis is a product that was developed specifically for dry eyes and was introduced a few years ago. Unfortunately it tends to only help about 15% of dry eye cases it takes up to 6 months to even have an effect. Steroids can be used but long term use of steroids (months of not years) is not recommended because of side effects. The only truly effective means for modifying the volume and thus composition of tears is collagen inserts or punctal plugs.
New patients receive free consultation.
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