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Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion is prescribed for treating chronic dry eyes in people age 16 and older. It works to increase tear production by decreasing eye inflammation. Because this medication can take three to six months to start working, you can use other products (such as artificial tears) to help relieve dry eyes during treatment. Off-label uses of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion include treating glaucoma and keratitis.
An Introduction to Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion UsesCyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion (Restasis®) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic dry eyes. This medication increases the eyes' ability to make tears when tear production is reduced due to eye inflammation.
- Advanced age
- Medications, such as:
- Contact lens use
- Eye surgery
- Environmental conditions, such as low humidity.
- Watery eyes
- Feeling a gritty sensation, like sand is in the eye
- Sensitivity to bright light.
- Environmental strategies, such as:
- Using a humidifier
- Avoiding smoky areas
- Blinking often
- Artificial tears
- Eye ointments, which are thicker than artificial tears and often used at night
- Punctal plugs, small devices inserted into the tear ducts