Dry Eye Therapeutic Intervention


In mild cases, over-the-counter (non-prescription) artificial tears in the form of eye drops may be sufficient. In more severe cases topical corticosteroids may be required short term, and are very effective for people without diabetes. They are only suitable for short term use as common side effects include intraocular pressure and cataract which eyes affected with diabetes is already highly vulnerable to. NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are the drug of choice, cyclosporin A and tacrolimus are additional anti-inflammatory drugs which may be used  23.