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WHAT IS
DRY EYE?

(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:

Chronic Dry Eye Symptoms
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Itchiness
  • Grittiness
  • Redness
  • Occasional blurry vision
  • Feeling like you have something in your eye
  • Watery eyes
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Itchiness
  • Grittiness
  • Redness
  • Occasional blurry vision
  • Feeling like you have something in your eye
  • Watery eyes

Not everyone experiences dry eye the same way

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.

Artificial Tears
to do:

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.

Contacts and Dry Eye Symptoms
NOT-SO-
FUN FACT:

Dry eye symptoms may make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable. In fact, they’ve led some people to stop wearing contact lenses altogether.

Nothing’s ever simple, right? Dry eye is complicated and is often brought on by a combo of factors. Some of them you can control…and some of them you can’t. Here are a few common dry eye causes:

The Cycle of Inflammation

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.

Many stores sell artificial tears that can help lubricate the surface of your eyes. For people with dry eye, artificial tears are often the first line of defense. They may offer temporary symptom relief.

Give your Eye Doctor a Ring
NEXT STEPS:

Give your eye doctor a ring, make an appointment, and get those eyes checked out.

What is Xiidra?

Xiidra is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

Important Safety Information

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, click here 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 http://www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.


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