UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
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Dry Eye

There are various approaches to relieve the symptoms of dry eye once the cause is ascertained.

- Over the counter lubricating eye drops, artificial tears, gels, and ointments offer temporary relief and provide replacement of naturally produced tears.

-Basic eyelid hygiene practices and regular blink exercises may be helpful in some patients.  An ophthalmologist will assess the eyelids and determine if these methods are likely to help

-Prescription eye drops or anti-inflammatory medications are the only drugs specifically approved for dry eye. They may increase tear production and reduce the symptoms of dry eye when used in the correct patient.

-Plugging the puncta, or tear drainage holes, which are small circular openings at the inner corners of the eyelids. Punctal plugs allow the tears to stay on the surface of the eye longer.

-Lipiflow® technology, a therapy approved by the FDA in 2011, is an electronic device for the treatment of dry eye or MGD.  Lipiflow works by using heat and massage on the eyelid to open meibomian glands.  In the correct patient, Lipiflow can improve dry eye symptoms for an extended period of time.

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