The thing about eyes is, they’re for seeing, not for feeling. They show us so much stuff. But we shouldn’t actually feel that they’re there, right? When we do, well, one might ask… What’s up with those eyes?
If it’s a condition called dry eye, it could boil down to stress. We’re not talking about the kind of stress you feel at the grocery store on the day before Thanksgiving. This is stress on the surface of your eyes. Certain factors don’t help the situation–like reading a lot, wearing contact lenses, or staring at phones, TVs, or laptops for too long. When your eye surface is stressed, your body responds with inflammation…which is itself a source of stress–and a sign of dry eye.
We know what you’re thinking. Aren’t my tears supposed to help? They sure are–when they’re healthy. But poor quality tears, like the kind found in many people with dry eye, can’t do their job as well. And that can contribute to–surprise, surprise–more inflammation.
So if you’re feeling your eyes in a dry, irritated, itchy kinda way – and you’d really rather not – have a chat with your eye doctor, because it could be dry eye. And ask if Xiidra is right for you.
Xiidra is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.
Do not use Xiidra if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Seek medical care immediately if you get any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The most common side effects of Xiidra include eye irritation, discomfort or blurred vision when the drops are applied to the eyes, and an unusual taste sensation.
To help avoid eye injury or contamination of the solution, do not touch the container tip to your eye or any surface. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Xiidra and wait for at least 15 minutes before placing them back in your eyes.
It is not known if Xiidra is safe and effective in children under 17 years of age.
For additional safety information, see the accompanying link for Full Prescribing Information and Patient Information and discuss with your doctor.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or