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Dry eye FAQs


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Can dry eye be cured?

There is no cure for dry eye, but there are a number of treatments available – e.g. artificial lubricants, warm compresses, omega-3 supplements, maintaining lid hygiene and medications. It may take a bit of experimentation to find the right option for you.

At times your condition will improve and you may be tempted to discontinue treatment. However, dry eye is a chronic condition and it’s important to continue treatment, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Do I still need to use lubrication for dry eye if I’m on prescription medication?

Yes, keep using lubrication as directed by your doctor. However, make sure that you only use a product recommended by your doctor, as some eye preparations can make dry eye worse.

References and further reading

General references

Scientific reference

Clayton. Dry eye. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jun 7;378(23):2212-2223. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1407936.

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