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Which type of eye drops are best for my dry eye?

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Over-the-counter eye drops can help mild cases of dry eye. If your symptoms are more severe, you may need your doctor to prescribe stronger drops. Your doctor may suggest lifitegrast (Xiidra), which treats the symptoms of dry eye, like inflammation. Or they may want you to take cyclosporine (Restasis), which helps your body make more tears.

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Don’t ignore dry eyes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dry eyes,” “How much water should you drink every day?”

Penn Medicine: “Causes of Dry Eye and What You Can Do About It.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What You Should Know About Swimming and Your Eyes.”

Vision Service Plan: “How Swimmers Get Red Eyes and How They Can Get Relief.”

American Optometric Association: “Dry Eye,” “Treating Dry Eye Symptoms in Contact Lens Patients.”

Xiidra: “How Xiidra works.”

Restasis: “About Restasis and Restasis Multidose.”

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: “Dry eye syndrome.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on July 23, 2020

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Don’t ignore dry eyes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dry eyes,” “How much water should you drink every day?”

Penn Medicine: “Causes of Dry Eye and What You Can Do About It.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What You Should Know About Swimming and Your Eyes.”

Vision Service Plan: “How Swimmers Get Red Eyes and How They Can Get Relief.”

American Optometric Association: “Dry Eye,” “Treating Dry Eye Symptoms in Contact Lens Patients.”

Xiidra: “How Xiidra works.”

Restasis: “About Restasis and Restasis Multidose.”

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: “Dry eye syndrome.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on July 23, 2020

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