Dry Eyes: A New Treatment for 2018
As I discussed in one of our previous articles, Dry Eye Syndrome is one of the most common conditions we see every day. Dry Eye Syndrome can present with a variety of symptoms including soreness, burning, gritty/scratchy feeling eyes, filmy or fluctuating vision and pain. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have dry eyes.
Dry Eye Syndrome is diagnosed and quantified with a battery of testing. Our office protocol consists of an assessment, including slit lamp microscopic exam, corneal staining, tear film break-up time, tear volume measurement and tear film osmolarity testing to determine the severity of the condition and to establish a baseline by which to measure the effectiveness of our therapy.
Recently, a new option has been approved for use in Canada. This new option is a prescription eye drop called Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) and represents a completely new option for dry eye therapy. Xiidra is the first and only prescription eye drop that has been clinically shown to improve both the clinical signs seen by the optometrist and those symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome experienced by the patient.
The studies revealed that the patient's symptoms typically improved within 12 weeks of using this medication. This represents a rapid change in the status of patient's Dry Eye Syndrome when compared to previous prescription drops for dry eyes. Dosing for Xiidra is simple and convenient and is used twice daily — once in the morning and once in the evening. Xiidra acts through a new mechanism of action by blocking two of the primary mediators of inflammation which have been implicated as part of a key mechanism which causes Dry Eye Syndrome.1 By breaking the cycle of inflammation, we can gain better control over one of the root causes of dry eye rather than simply masking its symptoms.
There are many options available to treat Dry Eye Syndrome, including warm compresses, artificial tears, omega 3 supplementation, Blephex, punctal plugs and several others. Xiidra may be used as a stand-alone treatment or may be used in conjunction with these other treatment options. If you are experiencing the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome, call our office to book a Dry Eye Workup. We can assess your eyes and find out if Xiidra or another treatment is right for you. Our optometrists are accepting new patients.
Advance Eye Care Center
3617B Pasqua Street