A survey of 751 people suffering from Dry Eye found that, on average, they had tried 3.8 bottles of artificial tears before visiting a doctor.1 Don’t wait.
Artificial tears do not treat the inflammation that may be causing your Dry Eye. If you are using artificial tears more than 4 times a day, it may be time to talk to your optometrist or ophthalmologist about other options, including anti-inflammatory treatments.
Real relief is available. There is a treatment option for all Dry Eye symptoms.2 Print this page, mark your answers, and use the following questions to get the conversation started with your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- What is the difference between a prescription treatment for Dry Eye and over-the-counter artificial tears?
- How many times per day can I use artificial tears before I should consider other treatment options?
- Will lifestyle changes be enough to keep my symptoms under control?
- The Canadian Association of Optometrists. Optometric Terminology. Accessed at: http://opto.ca/optometry-in-canada/optometric-terminology on April 4, 2011.
- Jackson WB. Management of dysfunctional tear syndrome. Can J Ophthalmol 2009;44(4):385–394.