Treatment for dry eye depends on the severity of the disease and the symptoms. Milder cases of dry eyes may respond to the use of artificial tears. More moderate or sever cases of dry eyes may benefit from increasing humidity at work or home, or using artificial tears, gels or ointments more frequently. Many cases of moderate to severe dry eye respond favorably to Restasis (Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion 0.05%) which is a topical medication that may be beneficial in increasing and normalizing the tear film. Punctal plugs can also be utilized to block drainage of tears in order to keep them on the surface of the eye for a longer period of time.
In some cases of extreme dry eye that is not responding well to other treatments, our ophthalmologist may prescribe autologous serum tears. These tears are made using the patient’s serum, which is nearly identical in composition to their own tears.