Dry eye disease is a common condition that is caused by the quality of your tears. Tears are important for lubricating and protecting the eyes, and poor quality tears can cause redness, irritation, discomfort, dryness and even headaches. These symptoms may be secondary to inflammation in the eyes due to poor tear quality. Dry eye disease occurs more often in older patients and women. Dr. Aizuss recommends Restasis® and Xiidra® as prescription treatments for the condition.
Dry Eyes vs. Dry Eye Disease
Having dry eye disease means more than having eyes that are dry. You may have dry eye disease if you find that you use lubricating eye drops throughout the day, but experience no change in your symptoms. An examination by Dr. Aizuss will confirm if you have inflammation and other symptoms of dry eye disease.
Since being approved by the FDA in 2003, Restasis® has been the primary prescription treatment for dry eye disease. The medication works by reducing inflammation so that the eyes can maintain proper moisture levels. Results take approximately six months, and you should not wear contact lenses while using Restasis®.
Xiidra® is the first anti-inflammatory prescription treatment for dry eye disease since the introduction of Restasis®. The medication benefits from years of research into dry eye disease that occurred after Restasis® was introduced as a prescription treatment. The primary differentiation between the two products is that Xiidra® reduces symptoms, as well as inflammation that causes dry eye. The product may be better for those who wear contact lenses. The drops should be administered without the contact lenses in place, but lenses can be replaced after 15 minutes. In clinical trials, most patients saw results in 12 weeks, and a smaller number saw results in two to six weeks. Side effects are similar to Restasis® but experienced by fewer patients.
Learn More About Prescription Dry Eye Treatments. Contact Dr. David Aizuss.
To learn more about prescription eye drops and treatments for dry eye disease, as well as cataract surgery, iDesign for LASIK, glaucoma treatment, and our other services, contact Dr. David Aizuss. You can contact our office in Encino directly at (818) 907-1038 and our office in West Hills at (818) 346-8118.