A healthcare provider may prescribe Restasis for treating dry eyes. This medication is specifically designed for people who have chronic dry eyes and have reduced tear production due to inflammation. It comes in the form of an eye drop and is typically used twice daily. Possible side effects may include burning, itching, redness, or stinging.
What Is Restasis?Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) is a prescription eye drop used to treat chronic dry eyes (known medically as keratoconjunctivitis sicca). This medicine increases the amount of tears in your eyes when tear production is reduced due to inflammation.
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How Does Restasis Work?There are many potential causes of dry eyes. Sometimes, people with dry eyes have inflammation, or swelling, of the eyes. This inflammation can interfere with the eyes' ability to produce tears. As a result, fewer tears are produced, and the eyes become dry.
Restasis belongs to a group of medications known as immunosuppressants, which work by decreasing the activity of the immune system. It is thought that Restasis works by deceasing eye inflammation and increasing tear production.