Q: My eyes get dry, irritate, and occasionally they itch and burn. They seem to be getting worse as I get older. I use over-the-counter eye drops to help, but I’m finding myself using them all the time now. Is something going on with my eyes?
A: For some, these types of symptoms can be temporary, but those with Chronic Dry Eye Disease (CDE) may find symptoms worsen over time. Dry eye, which also causes blurred vision and tearing, is a very common eye problem affecting an estimated 25 million people in the U.S. Over-the-counter drops don’t treat underlying inflammation that causes CDE. There are better therapeutics for treating CDE like Restasis, which is a prescription medication proven to increase tear production.