(And why is it such a pain-in-the-eyes?)
Your eye doctor may call it “dry eye syndrome,” “dry eye disease,” or simply “dry eye.” No matter what you call it, dry eye is a pretty common eye condition. It can also be pretty annoying, interrupting you while you read, drive, watch TV, or sneak in a little online shopping.
The culprit behind these interruptions? A variety of signs and symptoms, such as:
If you know someone else with dry eye, it may not be caused by the same factors. Symptoms may last longer or not as long. And those symptoms may be more or less severe than yours.
Try counting how often you use over-the-counter eye drops throughout the day. If you’re using artificial tears frequently and still experiencing symptoms, chat with your eye doctor about dry eye.
Dry eye symptoms may make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable. In fact, they’ve led some people to stop wearing contact lenses altogether.
Those 9 risk factors we talked about – prolonged screen time, dry climates, reading a lot, etc – they can all be sources of stress on the surface of your eyes.
That kind of stress can lead to inflammation on the surface of your eyes, which can lead to more stress. The cycle can go on and on. And your dry eye symptoms can get worse.
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.
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