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What is the treatment for dry eyes if you don't have allergies?

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Dry eye is when your eyes don’t make enough tears or if they evaporate too quickly. If you have dry eye without allergies, your doctor may prescribe cyclosporine, which helps fight inflammation. Or she might change one of your prescriptions if your dry eye is a medication side effect.

You can also ask your eye doctor if your contact lenses are the problem. You might need to try different lenses, or even stop wearing them completely.

It’s not likely, but your doctor may recommend a procedure that only takes a minute to plug the holes that allow tears to drain from the eyes to the nose.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute: "Facts About Dry Eye."

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: "Dry eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "The link between seasonal allergens and dry eye."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy."

Medscape: "Dry, Itchy Eyes Could Mean More Than Just Allergy."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on May 31, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute: "Facts About Dry Eye."

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: "Dry eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "The link between seasonal allergens and dry eye."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy."

Medscape: "Dry, Itchy Eyes Could Mean More Than Just Allergy."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on May 31, 2019

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