The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Will Taking Krill Oil Help Your Dry Eyes?

One reader was thrilled to discover that taking krill oil at her eye doctor's suggestion eased her dry eye symptoms significantly.

Dr. Peter McDonnell, expert in eyesight and eye health
Podcasts

Show 1154: How to Take Good Care of Your Eyesight

Find out how you can take good care of your eyesight. What are the best ways to manage dry eyes and protect yourself from macular degeneration?

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Drug Side Effects

Anticholinergic Drugs | Dry Mouth and Alzheimer Disease?

Do you medications cause dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation? If so, you may be taking anticholinergic drugs. What can you do about a dry mouth?

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Is Fish Oil Really Useless for Dry Eyes?

Research suggests that fish oil may be useless for dry eyes, but some readers have gotten significant relief by taking high-dose fish oil supplements.

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Aging

No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

Although fish oil has a reputation for soothing dry eyes, a recent randomized controlled trial found that placebo capsules of olive oil worked just as well.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Is Fish Oil Helpful or Useless for Dry Eye Disease?

Fish oil worked no better than olive oil used as a placebo in a study of treatment for dry eye disease.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Do You Need More Vitamin D for Your Eyes ?

Researchers have found that people taking more vitamin D might overcome hard-to-treat symptoms of dry eyes, as one reader did.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

How Can You Find a Good Eye Drop?

You may have to look to find a preservative-free eye drop for dry eyes, but there are several available. Other approaches may also help.

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Alternative Health

Soothing Dry Eyes with Warm Compresses

Applying wet warm compresses and gentle massage to the eyelids can unblock the oil-forming glands and help dry eyes make better tears.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Is the New Drug Xiidra Good for Dry Eye Relief?

The new drug Xiidra calms inflammation associated with dry eyes by influencing T cells of the immune system. It works reasonably well, but it's pricey!

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Can Frequent Blinking Overcome Dry Eyes?

Frequent blinking is crucial to keep the surface of the eye moist and reduce the symptoms of dry eyes. Staring at a computer screen can reduce blinking.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Can You Trust Your Electronic Medical Record?

Have you ever looked at your electronic medical record to make sure what is written is correct? You might be amazed at how often there are errors.

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Drug Side Effects

How Good Is Restasis for Dry Eyes If It Causes Blurred Vision?

Restasis for dry eyes may seem like the best option available. The commercials make it sound great. But how good is it really and are there side effects?

Peter McDonnell, MD, direct of Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and vision expert
Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

What Can You Do to Relieve Dry Eyes?

Dr. Peter McDonnell, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, discusses the best treatments for dry eyes.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Drug for Overactive Bladder Linked to Dry Eyes

Taking Myrbetriq for overactive bladder seems to have caused a long-lasting complication of dry eyes. What should we know about drugs before using them?

Asthma

Spiriva (Tiotropium) Side Effects & Memory Problems

Tiotropium, the active ingredient in Spiriva, is an anticholinergic compound. Anticholinergic drugs can cause dry mouth, connstipation and mental fogginess.

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Drug Side Effects

Losartan Side Effects & Unbearable Dry Eyes

A number of medications can cause unpleasantly dry eyes as a side effect of taking the drug. One reader reports this with the blood pressure pill losartan.

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Drug Side Effects

Drugs That Can Cause Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can be caused by reduced tear production or increased evaporation from the eye's surface, but doctors rarely mention dry eyes as a drug side effect.