There are effective treaments for dry eye. In many cases artificial teards and nimor behaviotial modifications. Such as reducing time at a computer.
Other treatments can be done:
Your ophthalmologist might tell you to use artificial tears. These are eye drops that are like your own tears. You can use artificial tears as often as you need to. You can buy artificial tears without a prescription. There are many brands. Try a few until you find a brand that works best for you.
If you use artificial tears more than six times a day or are allergic to preservatives, you should use preservative-free tears. This is because if the tears with preservatives are used a lot, these chemicals may start to irritate your eyes.
Your ophthalmologist may suggest blocking your tear ducts. This makes your natural tears stay in your eyes longer. Tiny silicone or gel plugs (called punctal plugs) may be inserted in your tear ducts. These plugs can be removed later as needed. Your ophthalmologist could also recommend surgery that permanently closes your tear ducts.
Increasing your tears
Your ophthalmologist might have you use a special eyedrop medication. This helps your eyes make more of their own tears.
Treating dry eye culprits
If your eyes are irritated, your ophthalmologist can treat those problems. They may recommend:
- Prescription eye drops or ointments
- Warm compresses on the eyes
- Massaging your eyelids
- Certain eyelid cleaners