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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 think you may have 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 Chronic Dry Eye disease. Either one can diagnose and prescribe RESTASIS® or RESTASIS MultiDose™ 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 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 your Dry Eye Quiz results and treatment options with your eye 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® (also available as RESTASIS MultiDose™) is the only prescription treatment proven to help you make more of your own real tears.


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

Important Safety Information
Do not use RESTASIS® and
RESTASIS MultiDose™ Ophthalmic
Emulsion if you are allergic to any
of the ingredients. Be careful not to
touch the container tip to your eye
or other surfaces, to help avoid eye
injury and contamination.
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