1. Lubricating drops:

Drops are the traditional treatment for dry eyes.  They help but relief does not last long and sometimes there are reactions to the preservatives in the drops.  Gels are thicker and will remain on the eyes longer but might blur vision for a short time.  Ointments last even longer, but are only usable when sleeping.

Click here for a list of OTC lubricant eye drops

2. Punctal plugs:

These are very small plugs, which are placed in the tear drainage duct. They prevent tears from draining away, so the eye is not as dry.  This is a painless procedure, which takes only a few minutes and produces substantial improvement for many people with dry eyes.

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3. Anti-inflammatory medications:

Restasis © is a prescription medication which actively suppresses the inflammatory response rather than passively lubricating the ocular surface.

Xiidra® (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

Sometimes other medications including Lotemax and Doxycycline are also prescribed for dry eye.

4. Warm compresses


Often warm compresses will soften the oil in the eyes oil glands allowing it more easily flow over the tears slowing evaporation.


If you have red, burning, irritated, tearing eyes let Dr. Steensma know.  With the new treatments available these days, why put up with the irritation?

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