Treatment for Dry Eyes

Treatment for dry eye syndrome helps to control the symptoms, but there’s no cure. Some people may have recurring episodes for the rest of their lives.

The exact treatment for dry eye syndrome depends on whether symptoms are caused by:

  • decreased production of tears
  • tears that evaporate too quickly
  • an underlying condition

The first thing to consider is whether there are any obvious factors, such as a medication, causing the symptoms.

If your dry eye syndrome is caused by an underlying condition, your GP can prescribe treatment or refer you to an appropriate specialist.

You may also be able to help prevent dry eye syndrome or ease your symptoms by adjusting your environment, keeping your eyes clean, and improving your diet.

Anti-inflammatory treatments

The underlying problem with long-term dry eye syndrome is inflammation in and around the eye. One of the anti-inflammatory treatments mentioned below may also be recommended, but these can only be obtained after you’ve seen an ophthalmologist.