Ways to Treat Dry Eye
Other Things I Can Do
Small changes in your personal habits and environmental conditions can make a difference in your life. Here are some steps you can take to improve your Dry Eye symptoms1,2:
- Give your eyes a break. Make an effort to blink more often and rest your eyes during prolonged activities like reading, using the computer, or watching television
- Eat more fish for omega-3 fatty acids. Adding foods to your diet that are high in omega-3 can reduce your risk for Dry Eye. You may prefer to take a supplement instead
- Use a humidifier to add more moisture to the air, or an air cleaner to filter out the dust in the air. This can relieve your Dry Eye symptoms, especially in climate-controlled office buildings
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Indications and Usage
LACRISERT® is indicated in patients with moderate to severe Dry Eye syndromes, including keratoconjunctivitis sicca. LACRISERT® is indicated especially in patients who remain symptomatic after an adequate trial of therapy with artificial tear solutions. LACRISERT® is also indicated for patients with exposure keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity, and recurrent corneal erosions.
Important Safety Information
LACRISERT® is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to hydroxypropyl cellulose. Instructions for inserting and removing LACRISERT® should be carefully followed. If improperly placed, LACRISERT® may result in corneal abrasion. Because LACRISERT® may cause transient blurred vision, patients should be instructed to exercise caution when driving or operating machinery. Patients should be cautioned against rubbing the eye(s) containing LACRISERT®.
The following adverse reactions have been reported, but were in most instances, mild and temporary: transient blurring of vision, ocular discomfort or irritation, matting or stickiness of eyelashes, photophobia, hypersensitivity, eyelid edema, and hyperemia.
Talk to your doctor if you have side effects that bother you or that do not go away. You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
References: 1. The epidemiology of dry eye disease: report of the Epidemiology Subcommittee of the International Dry Eye Workshop (2007). Ocul Surf. 2007;5(2):93-107. Available at: http://www.tearfilm.org/dewsreport. Accessed January 5, 2009. 2. Management and therapy of dry eye disease: report of the Management and Therapy Subcommittee of the International Dry Eye Workshop (2007). Ocul Surf. 2007;5(2):163-178. Available at: http://www.tearfilm.org/dewsreport. Accessed January 5, 2009.