Did you know that generic Restasis is now available from Canada? This affordable generic prescription medication is the most popular treatment available for dry eyes, and now American patients can order it directly from Canada.
Chronic dry eye caused by inflammation can be terribly uncomfortable. This is a fairly common condition with symptoms that include, as the name says, dry eyes. Other symptoms include:
- Redness in the eye
- Stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Trouble driving/seeing at night
- Trouble wearing contact lenses
- Watery eyes due to the feeling of irritation in the eye
- Eye fatigue
How is Dry Eye diagnosed?
Dry eyes can be the result of several medical conditions or the side effect of some medications. To best determine the cause of your dry eyes your doctor will need to do check your medical history, review what medications you may be one and run some tests. Some of the tests may include:
Overall comprehensive eye examination – A review of your overall eye health and physical health.
Tear volume measurement – For this test small pieces of blotting tissue are placed under the lower eyelid for several minutes. The doctor then measures the amount of tears soaked up by the paper. This is called a Schirmer test.
Tear quality tests – The doctor will use special dyes dropped into the eyes to determine the surface condition of your eyeball. This not only measures how fast your tears evaporate, but also looks at the pattern the dye makes on the cornea.
How are dry eyes treated?
Treatment of dry eyes depends on the underlying cause. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops or artificial tear drops, but when this is not enough your doctor may prescribe a prescription eye drop called Restasis. Prescription generic Restasis for dry eyes is now available!
What is generic Restasis for dry eyes?
Generic Restasis is the generic equivalent of brand name Restasis and contains the same active ingredient cyclosporine. Cyclosporine eye drops are used to increase tear production in patients who have a certain eye condition (e.g., keratoconjunctivitis sicca) in which the eye does not make enough tears. The medicine belongs to a class of medicines known as immunosuppressants.
How does generic Restasis work?
Cyclosporine goes to work in the blood stream suppressing the body’s immune system. When used in eye drops it increases tear production by reversing a condition in which the white blood cells in your immune system, known as lymphocytes, die and build up in the tear glands.
It is important to note that generic Restasis eye drops need to be used on a regular basis in order to begin to see the desired increase in tear production, which may take 3 months or more after starting treatment.
Are there side effects from using generic Restasis for dry eyes?
There are some common side effects reported, but speak to your pharmacist about what you may experience. A few of the common side effects include:
- Pain on instillation of drops
- Stinging eyes
- Eye redness
- Itching eyes
- Visual blurring
Do not use generic Restasis for dry eyes more often than recommended by your doctor or for longer than recommended by your doctor. The usual dose is 1 drop in each eye twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart. Follow your doctor’s prescription for dosage.
(Note that Unit Dose Vials, or UDV, must be discarded immediately after using in both eyes.)
Compare prices between brand name Restasis and generic Restasis and see the cost savings!
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