Restasis is a treatment for Dry Eye Disease, a chronic and sometimes debilitating condition. Restasis drops help the eyes produce more tears by reducing inflammation, which is often a cause of dry eye. Unlike artificial tears, Restasis is the first prescription drug proven to effectively treat the underlying cause of Dry Eye Syndrome rather than to just temporarily alleviate symptoms.
If your doctor prescribes Restasis, you will initially use one drop in each eye twice a day, morning and night. It can take a month or more before any results are seen. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid drop along with Restasis for the first month. You will receive benefits from Restasis for as long as you continue its use. Restasis can be used with artificial tear products, but your need for these will most likely decrease as your eyes improve.
The most common side effect of Restasis is a temporary stinging or burning sensation. Patients with an active eye infection or those who have allergies to any of the ingredients should not use Restasis. Keep in mind that Restasis is a treatment, not a cure. There is presently no cure for Dry Eye Disease.
If you and your doctor decide that Restasis is an option for you, you will be given additional information about the treatment that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed.