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If you have chronic dry eyes, a healthcare provider may prescribe Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion). But what is Restasis and how does it work?
Restasis is specifically designed to help increase tear production in people who have dry eyes caused by eye inflammation. When the eyes become inflamed, it can interfere with the eyes' ability to produce tears. As a type of immunosuppressant, Restasis works to decrease eye inflammation by decreasing the activity of the immune system.
Although many people do not have any problems while using this eye medication, Restasis can cause side effects, such as eye redness, burning, and itching. If negative reactions do occur, they tend to be mild and easily treated.
(Click Restasis for more information on what this eye medication is used for and how it works. This article also provides details on additional side effects and some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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