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Chronic Dry Eye Disease

If you find yourself using artificial tears often, like when you’re checking
e-mail or going outdoors for a run, it may mean you have a disease called Chronic Dry Eye. Chronic Dry Eye is sometimes called dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome. It is also known by the medical name keratoconjunctivitis sicca (pronounced “carrot-oh-con-junk-tiv-it-is seek-a”). But the important thing to remember is that Chronic Dry Eye is a disease and that there is medical treatment available.

A type of Chronic Dry Eye Diagram

Chronic Dry Eye is a chronic disease that can be caused by advanced age, contact lens wear, certain medications, eye diseases, other medical conditions, or environmental factors.

One type of Chronic Dry Eye is caused by decreased tear production due to inflammation. Without enough tears, the film protecting the eye can break down, creating dry spots on the surface of the eye. That’s why it is so important to see your eye doctor. Fortunately, there are prescription options available.

What Happens When You Have This Type of Chronic Dry Eye Disease?

The eye glands that make tears
            become inflamed
The inflammation affects the nerves in your eyes,
leading to decreased tear production

Talk to your eye doctor if you have dry eyes…because what you don’t see can hurt you

You can’t see the inflammation that causes Chronic Dry Eye disease. To find out if you have Chronic Dry Eye, you’ll need to talk to your eye doctor and get tested. Watch a video about why you shouldn't wait to talk to your eye doctor. If you do have this disease, you’re not alone—many people suffer from this type of Chronic Dry Eye. Meet other people like you.


Approved Use
RESTASIS® (Cyclosporine
Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05% helps increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye. RESTASIS® did not increase tear production in patients using anti-inflammatory eye drops or tear duct plugs.

Important Safety Information
Do not use RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. To help avoid eye injury and contamination, do not touch the vial tip to your eye or other surfaces. See more below >

Do You Have Chronic
Dry Eye Disease?
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RESTASIS® (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05% Vial

The more you tell your eye doctor about your dry eyes and how they affect you, the more it will help your eye doctor select the treat- ment that may work best for you. Before your appointment, fill out the Chronic Dry Eye Quiz and bring the answers with you.