By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2018 11 Comments
    Anticholinergic Drugs | Dry Mouth and Alzheimer …

    Anticholinergic drugs are generally bad for the brain. They affect the crucial neurochemical acetylcholine. One worry about anticholinergic drugs is a link to memory problems or Alzheimer's disease (J…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2018 18 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Really Useless for Dry Eyes?

    Fish oil has a reputation for helping ease the symptoms of dry eye, but a recent study found it was no more helpful than the olive oil placebo the scientists used. (Both groups–those taking fish oil…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2018 18 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Helpful or Useless for Dry Eye Disea…

    Dry eye disease affects roughly 14 percent of American adults. Older women are especially susceptible to this chronic and hard-to-treat condition. Fish Oil Put to the Test for Dry Eye Disease: Many he…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 9 Comments
    Do You Need More Vitamin D for Your Eyes ?

    Eyes need to maintain their moisture. That's why they make tears. If they don't make enough tears, or if the tears are of poor quality, the eyes become dry. They may feel as though they have grit in t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 20 Comments
    How Can You Find a Good Eye Drop?

    Dry eyes can make people miserable. You might feel as though you have sand in your eyes all the time. Your eyes may itch or sting. The first line treatment is to replace the tears your own eyes aren't…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 12 Comments
    Soothing Dry Eyes with Warm Compresses

    Dry eyes are an extremely common condition, and they can also be quite distressing. The eyes may feel constantly irritated, as though they had something in them. People with dry eyes don't seem to mak…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 113 Comments
    Is the New Drug Xiidra Good for Dry Eye Relief?

    Dry eyes can make life miserable. The eyes feel as though there were sand in them, and they tire easily. People may complain of blurred vision. Until recently, the first-line treatment for dry eyes w…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2017 3 Comments
    Can Frequent Blinking Overcome Dry Eyes?

    Dry eyes are a serious concern because they can cause pain and affect a person's quality of life (Benitez-Del-Castillo et al, The Ocular Surface, April 2017). There are artificial tears and other eye …

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Electronic Medical Record?

    There was a time when doctors had lots of time to listen. They weren't as rushed as they are today. They asked lots of questions, wrote notes in your paper chart and then took time after the interacti…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2017 45 Comments
    How Good Is Restasis for Dry Eyes If It Causes B…

    If you watch television chances are pretty good that you have seen commercials for Restasis for Dry Eyes. In one you are asked: "Do you use artificial tears often?" In another you are told by the beau…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2016 13 Comments
    What Can You Do to Relieve Dry Eyes?

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD, is the director of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He is professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In this bonus interview, he explains what we ca…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 9 Comments
    Drug for Overactive Bladder Linked to Dry Eyes

    Patients often feel privileged to get a prescription for a brand new drug, especially if the doctor is enthusiastic about its promise. Too often, though, new drugs have downsides that are not yet well…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2013 39 Comments
    Spiriva (Tiotropium) Side Effects & Memory …

    You may have seen commercials of a person with an elephant sitting on her chest. Here's a link in case you may have missed them. It's a clever marketing strategy to reinforce the idea that a serious b…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2013 89 Comments
    Losartan Side Effects & Unbearable Dry Eyes

    Half of all American adults (103 million people) are now labeled hypertensive. That's according to the American Heart Association (2018 update). For most, that will mean blood pressure medications. O…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2013 11 Comments
    Dry Eye Victims Need to Blink

    Blinking is like breathing. You do both without thinking thousands of times each day. As long as everything is going well you won't even notice when you blink. You also won't be aware if you forget to…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2013 44 Comments
    Drugs That Can Cause Dry Eyes

    It may seem like a minor annoyance to someone who doesn't experience this symptom. But just ask anyone who suffers from dry eyes what it feels like and you will hear some serious woe and misery. Imagi…