Dr. Max Gomez: Dry Eye Drug


THE SUSPECT HAS ALREADY SERVED PRISON TIME ON TWO ROBBERY CONVICTIONS. IF YOUR EYES FEEL GRITTY OR SCRATCHY. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WAKE UP, YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM DRY EYES. IF ARTIFICIAL TEAR EYE DROPS ARE NOT DOING THE TRICK, THERE IS GOOD NEWS. DR. MAX GOMEZ IS HERE NOW WITH A NEW DRUG THAT MAY SOOTHE THOSE EYES. DOCTOR? THAT’S RIGHT, YOU KNOW, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, DRY EYES ARE THE NUMBER ONE REASON PEOPLE GO TO SEE AN EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL. DRY EYES CAN LEAD TO FLUCTUATING VISION. AFFECTING EVERYTHING FROM DRIVING TO READING. SO A NEW DRUG FOR DRY EYES IS GOOD NEWS. AND IT HAS LED TO A HIGH PROFILE AD CAMPAIGN. MY EYES WERE BOTHERING ME. ALMOST EVERY DAY. THEY WERE DRY. THEY WERE ITCHY. IT IS A SEEMINGLY GENERIC INFORMATIONAL AD. EVEN STARS GET DRY EYES. AND THERE IS HELP FOR THOSE BABY BLUES. BUT WHAT IS NOT OBVIOUS IS THAT AD COMES FROM THE MAKERS OF A NEW PRESCRIPTION DRY EYE DRUG CALLED XIDRA, THE FIRST NEW ONE SIS RESTASIS WAS APPROVED 13 YEARS AGO. IT IS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY BUT A DIFFERENT MECHANISM OF ACTION. IT PREVENTS THE WHITE BLOOD CELLS FROM GET TOGETHER AREA OF INFLAMMATION, WHICH IS THE WHITE PART OF THE EYE. HOWEVER IT WORKS IT IS SOMETHING AMY IS READY TO TRY. SHE SUFFERED WITH DRY EYES FOR YEARS. TREATING IT WITH OVER-THE- COUNTER DROPS. USUALLY, IN THE MORNING, AND THEN MAYBE TWO OR THREE TIMES A DAY AND THEN IN THE EVENING. SO YOU USED A LOT OF EYE DROPS. I USED A LOT OF EYE DROPS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CAUSES FOR DRY EYES BUT IT OFTEN COMES DOWN TO NOT ENOUGH OIL IN A PERSON’S TEARS. WATERY TEARS BY THEMSELVES EVAPORATE VERY QUICKLY. AND TO KEEP THE EYES MOIST, TEARS MIXED WITH AN OILY SUBSTANCE FROM GLANDS IN THE EYELIDS WHICH SLOWS EVAPORATION. INFLAMMATION IS THE CORE TO WHAT IS CREATING THE ABNORMALITY IN THE OCULAR SURFACE AND IN THE TEAR FILM AND IF WE CAN CUT DOWN ON THE IN FLANGES WE CAN IMPROVE THE WHOLE — INFLAMMATION, WE CAN IMPROVE THE WHOLE DRY EYE SYMPTOM. AND THAT’S HOW THE PRESCRIPTION DROPS WORK, BY CUTTING DOWN ON INFLAMMATION. THE DOCTOR SAYS YOUR BEST STEP SHOULD BE OVER-THE-COUNTER DROPS. TRY DIFFERENT TYPES AND BRANDS. BECAUSE ONE MIGHT WORK BETTER FOR YOU THAN OTHERS. AND IF YOU’RE STILL HAVING TROUBLE, SEE AN EYE DOCTOR TO SEE IF THE NEW DROPS MIGHT HELP. AND SO FAR, THE SIDE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN PRETTY MINIMAL WITH SINGING IN THE EYES BUT THAT’S JUST ABOUT IT. IT IS A PRESCRIPTION AND IT WILL COST YOU MONEY. YOU WILL BE BACK IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR, THERE IS A FERTILITY STORY. INTERESTING. THREE DIFFERENT PARENTS, DNA FROM THREE DIFFERENT PARENTS

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