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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Chronic Dry Eye Disease Questions

What is Chronic Dry Eye disease?

Chronic Dry Eye is a 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 reduced tear production due to inflammation. When you can’t make  enough of your own real tears, the film protecting the eye can break down, creating dry spots on  the surface of the eye.

How can I find out if I have Chronic Dry Eye disease?

If you use artificial tears often, you may have a type of Chronic Dry Eye disease.  Take the Dry Eye Quiz, share your results with an eye doctor, and ask to get screened.

Who can make a Chronic Dry Eye disease diagnosis?

An optometrist, ophthalmologist, or your primary care physician can diagnose and treat your type of Chronic Dry Eye disease. Find an optometrist or ophthalmologist near you.

What is the difference between ophthalmologists and optometrists?

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (MDs) or osteopathic doctors (DOs). Optometrists are doctors of optometry (ODs) and healthcare professionals for the eye. Both are eye doctors and can screen you for your type of Chronic Dry Eye disease. Either one can diagnose and prescribe RESTASIS® for Chronic Dry Eye disease caused by reduced tear production due to inflammation.

How do I find an eye doctor so I can get diagnosed?

Use this to find an eye doctor near you. Once you find an eye doctor, make a medical  appointment to get screened for a type of Chronic Dry Eye disease. Before your appointment, take the Dry Eye Quiz, and bring your results to share with your doctor.

How do I talk to my eye doctor about Chronic Dry Eye disease?

When you arrive for your appointment, tell the office staff that you want to get screened for  Chronic Dry Eye disease and discuss treatment options with your eye doctor. Bring your 
Dry Eye Quiz results so you can share these when you talk with your doctor.

Learn more about talking to your eye doctor.

What do artificial tears do?

Artificial tears are over-the-counter eye drops that provide temporary relief, but do not increase your eyes' ability to make their own tears. RESTASIS® is the only prescription treatment proven to help you make more of your own real tears.


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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 >