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Dry Eyes: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Dry eyes is a condition that occurs when your tears, a combination of water, fatty oils and mucus, are not able to provide adequate lubrication to your eyes. It is a very common and uncomfortable condition that may happen because your eyes are not able to produce enough tears or are producing poor quality tears. Experiencing long hours of situations like riding a bike, sitting in front of computer screen or in an air conditioned room, may be some causes of this condition. There are many ways to cure this condition. There are drugs to reduce eye lid inflammation or eye drops to reduce cornea inflammation. These treatments may work in most cases if you consult a doctor well in time. The doctor may do a tiny insertion in your eye to produce artificial tears, if your condition is moderate to severe. Also, there are tear stimulating drugs available in the form of pills, gel or eye drops. If your dry eye condition is severe, you may have to go for treatment wherein eye drops are made from your own blood.

How is the treatment done?

The secretion of oil from your oil glands into your tears may be restricted due to inflammation along the edge of your eye lids. There are antibiotics to reduce to this inflammation in the form of pills, eye drops or even ointments. The quality of your tears may also deteriorate due to inflammation in the cornea. This can be solved by using eye drops that contain immune suppressing medication, cyclosporine or corticosteroids. If your dry eye condition is moderate to severe, the doctor may use tiny eye inserts that look like a clear grain of rice made up of hydroxypropyl cellulose. These inserts dissolve in your eye and release a substance that lubricates your eyes. You will have to use one insert once a day. There are some other drugs in the form of pills, gel or eye drops that stimulate tears in your eyes like cholinergics (pilocarpine, cevimeline). If your condition does not improve with any of the above mentioned treatments, there is a more complicated option of making eye drops from your own blood. For this treatment, a sample of your blood will be taken and mixed with salt solution after removing the red blood cells. These eye drops are called autologous blood serum.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you feel constant stinging or burning in your eyes for a long time it could be a symptom of dry eye condition.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are going through some other medical treatment, the constant stinging or burning may be because of the side effects of that treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Corticosteroids may have a few side effects if taken for a long time. Other than that, no significant side effects are known of this treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must look after your eyes really well after the treatment. You should wash your eyes regularly. You can dip a clean cloth in warm water and keep it on your eyes for 2-3 minutes. Repeat the process a few times. Also use a mild soap over your eye lids, massage gently and keep them clean all the time.

How long does it take to recover?

The recovery time depends on the kind of treatment you choose and the severity of your dry eye condition.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of treatment varies according to the severity of your condition and the price of drugs required in your treatment.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are mostly permanent if you take good care of your eyes in the long run.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help in getting rid of dry eye symptoms. Using castor oil drops and acupuncture therapy may also help.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs 1,000 - Rs 2,000

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Dry Eyes: Ways To Relieve Dry Eye Syndrome!

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Popular Questions & Answers

Eyes problem for. Dry eyes Ashrugranti 60 percent doing so eye s pen and early infection about dust air and sunlight Eyes one hour atomtikali clouded.

Dr. Praveen S Sirisuru 92% (380 ratings)
General Physician,
Hi sir, don't neglect the eyes even so you are busy as dry eyes lead to corneal problems and further progression lead to blindness. Use methy cellulose eye drops, when you are in driving wear spectacles and check vision once.
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Can I use zyaqua 0.5% eye drops as sometimes I feel dry eye or there is some pain while watching smartphone. Sometimes there is little blur too while reading texts. I have -0.5 power in left eye and -0.75 in right eye.

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MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
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It is better limit use of smartphone.. Keep.habit of blinking eyes often. Give warm cold compress regularly ... And if needed take homoeopathic treatment..

I am using contact lens for the past 3 yrs. My eye gets dry quickly is there any eye drop for dryness.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 91% (2990 ratings)
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It may be due to using of contact lens, long use of contact lens can cause dryness, you need to consult with a eye specialist for this purpose, that will be better for you.

Hi, I am using glasses with power -2.75. I am not able to concentrate on work if I work for longer duration and I have dry and itchy eyes. So I would like to know which kind of glasses will be good to reduce the strain on eyes? What kind of glasses are best for people who use computer almost 8 hrs per day?

Dr. Ketan Bhardwaj 90% (14 ratings)
ms ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Faridabad
The prob is not in your spectacles. See people working for long hours on computer generally suffer from computer vision syndrome (CVS. Your symptoms are due to this. 1st of all have a healthy balanced diet and proper hydration. 2nd try to avoid working continously for more then 2 hour. Close your eyes or take a break. 3rd Use eye drop cmc (refresh tear or tear drop) 4 times a day. 4rth Normally computer come with antiglare and protection screen. But you can try on your specs too. 5th Proper walk for 15 min a day and pencil pushup exercise for 10 min. And regularly have your refractive error checked around 6 mnths. Try to follow up after 15 days.
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Hi, I am using glasses with power +2.75. I am not able to concentrate on work if I work for longer duration and I have dry and itchy eyes. So I would like to use contact lens. What are best lens for people who use computer almost 8 hrs per day?

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal 93% (3292 ratings)
Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
Hello For long work on computer in a patient with dry eyes, I would not suggest contact lens as contact lens will aggravate dryness Try A.cold compresses B use lubricating eyedrop frequently.

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What are Dry Eyes?

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