Chronic Dry Eye

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Jennifer Lewis-Hall:
Chronic dry eye is a condition that affects millions and millions of Americans. So how can we treat it? Our Jason Lee spoke to opthamologist Dr. Neda Shamie to get some answers.

Jason Lee:
Doctor good morning. Explain to us what chronic dry eye is.

Dr. Neda Shamie:
Sure chronic dry eyes is a condition where your lacrimal gland or part of your eye that produces tears does not produce enough tears and this can then cause a vicious cycle where there's increase inflammation in the eyes and the drying effect can cause damage to the eye surface.

And it can get progressively worse over time if it's left untreated and the treatment for it is a prescription eye drop such as Restasis used only twice a day which lowers the inflammation and in turn increases the natural tear production of your eye.
And it can continually improve the tear production over time if it's used at least six months to two years.

Jason Lee:
So about how many people are impacted by chronic dry eyes?

Dr. Neda Shamie:
About 25 million Americans are impacted with chronic dry eyes and many of them are not diagnosed appropriately. And so it's really important if you have symptoms related to chronic dry eyes such as burning, itching or blurry vision that comes and goes with a need to forcefully blink or if you are reliant on artificial tear use it's very important to see your eye doctor to determine if in fact you have chronic dry eyes.

Jason Lee:
And Doctor where can we go for more information?

Dr. Neda Shamie:
Restasis.com can give you all the information you need.

Jason Lee:
Some great tips there. Dr. Neda Shamie thanks so much for being with us. We appreciate it. And Eye Opener continues.