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Medications That Can Cause Dry Eyes

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Dry Eye Syndrome as a Side Effect

Dry eye syndrome can result from various causes, including certain types of medications that have been identified as potential contributors to this condition. Typically, this occurs as a side effect of the medication's primary purpose.

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Common Medications Associated with Dry Eye Syndrome

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Many people may not realize that their drugs can contribute to dry eye symptoms. These medications can affect tear quantity or alter the quality of tear composition.

It's essential to recognize that dry eye can be a potential side effect of various medications. This can go a long way in finding the most appropriate treatment options.

  • Acne Medicine: Retinoids for Severe Acne

    If you're dealing with severe and painful cystic acne, your primary physician may have prescribed retinoid drugs. These medications work by diminishing the production of facial oils, but unfortunately, they can also reduce the amount of lubricating oils in your tears, contributing to dry eyes.

  • Antihistamines for Allergy Relief

    Antihistamine drugs can be vital for allergy sufferers, alleviating symptoms like sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes. However, they can have the unintended side effect of reducing tear production, leading to dry eye symptoms.

  • Sleeping Pills, Certain Antidepressants, and Medications for Parkinson's Disease

    Medications in these categories often work by blocking some nerve cell signals. While they may help with their intended purposes, they can also interfere with the signals that stimulate tear production, potentially causing dry eye symptoms.

  • Hypertension Drugs

    Beta-blockers are commonly prescribed to lower blood pressure by blocking the body's response to adrenaline. While they can be effective in this regard, they also slow the heartbeat and reduce the force of blood on arteries. These drugs can also lead to a decrease in aqueous tear production, resulting in dry eye symptoms.

  • Hormones and Birth Control Pills

    Certain hormone pills, particularly estrogen-only formulations, have been linked to dry eye syndrome. These medications can affect tear composition and contribute to dry eye symptoms.

  • Pain Relievers: Over-the-Counter Medications

    Some over-the-counter medications, such as high doses of ibuprofen, may lead to dry eye symptoms. They can decrease tear secretion and cause eye discomfort.


Dealing with Dry Eye-Related Side Effects

While the list of medications above offers some insight into the typical culprits behind dry eye, it's crucial to remember that dry eye symptoms can emerge as an unexpected side effect of various medications or combinations of drugs.

It is important to note that you should never stop taking your prescribed medications without explicit guidance from your healthcare provider. Doing so without professional oversight could result in more severe health problems and may not necessarily alleviate symptoms of dry eyes.

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 07, 2024
I've been going here for awhile. The people upfront often change but everyone is always very nice an... d friendly. Dr. Luebbe is the best! She is very nice and personable. I mainly just wanted to shout her out.
- May. 27, 2023
Dr Luebbe did a great job with my eye exam and the front didn't hesitate to place my lenses in frame... s I brought in from elsewhere. They handled my insurance with no issues. I believe it was two weeks to get them made. I'm a new glasses wearer and so far it's been fantastic.
- Apr. 28, 2022
Custom Eyes was efficient and very helpful with frame selection.
- Apr. 09, 2022
Great place to get eye care for the whole family. They do thorough eye exams & have awesome staff.
- Apr. 09, 2022
Wonderful staff - smart, kind, answered questions clearly, and didn't try to hard-sell ridiculously ... expensive frames on people.
- Feb. 10, 2022
Wonderful, thoughtful service. My new eye care company.
- Feb. 10, 2022
It was very easy to schedule an appointment online. Everyone at the practice is very friendly and he... lpful! Dr. Luebbe does a great job of a full examination and explains why she is asking questions, and walks you through any suggestions she has. They even gave a suggestion of where I could find the recommended over the counter eye drops for the lowest price, I didn't even have to ask. This was a great experience and I will definitely go back!
- Jan. 29, 2022
I'm 72 and the best experience I've had with checkup and getting frames and lenses.
- Jan. 28, 2022
Very professional staff with great service, facility & diagnostic equipment.
- Jan. 22, 2022
Staff was super friendly, nice and helpful. Store was very clean, they really keep up on sanitizing ... an instrument right after it was used.
- Jan. 14, 2022
The best service I have ever Experienced. They went above and beyond. I would Recommend them to anyo... ne who needs a eye doctor and to get glasses. They Doctor took his time with me and explained everything and Traci who was so patient with me I had a hard time choosing frames and she was right there helping me out picked a fabulous pair she explained all the details that would be put in my glasses. Probably the best service I have experienced over the past year I’ve seen 4 Eye doctors and they are by far by far the best.
- Jan. 06, 2022
Very professional, friendly staff and optometrists. They are very knowledgeable and trustworthy. My ... eyes will go no where but to Custom Eyes! Thank you for all you do.
- Dec. 30, 2021
I’ve been to many eye doctors. I’ve not had one that would sit and talk with me and geek out abo... ut the cool eye tests they do. I had one of the more advanced eye tests done that replaces actually dilating the eye. After the test he showed me what he was looking at on the computer. It was so very interesting and educational. The check in process and pre-exam as well as the exit process was all very enjoyable as well. The staff is all top notch. Let me add in how clean and sanitized it was as well. I will return and recommend.
- Dec. 09, 2021
Quickly got in with only a brief wait. Staff were very friendly and professional. Really appreciate ... Dr. Drake and his great care. Stephanie helped me get my eyeglasses at the end and brought out a few pairs for me to try that weren’t out. Very helpful and got the right color and size. Yay!
- Dec. 04, 2021
A great team with awesome customer service! Dr. Cossette creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere during... exams, along with careful and thorough explanations. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 19, 2021
Everyone was very friendly and informative!
- Nov. 12, 2021
Everyone is friendly and explains everything they do. It is a clean, safe, environment.
- Nov. 05, 2021
The Staff was very knowledgeable and accepted the Eyes Of Hope Voucher I received when my home burnt... down last December. The Doctor gave me a script and confidence and told me my vision was better than what I thought it was. The staff member helped me find a perfect frame was so humble and patient with me even after she found out I had no money. The staff member went above and beyond making my morning okay. I rate 10/10 A+++
- Nov. 04, 2021
Awesome place for eye exam and cool glasses.
- Nov. 02, 2021
Dr, Chris and his great team at Custom Eyes are the most caring and awesome people!

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Dry Eyes in Loiret Office Park

Our optometry practice in Loiret Office Park

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Dry Eye Management and Treatment

If you find yourself experiencing dry eye symptoms in connection with your medication regimen, the most prudent course of action is to promptly seek consultation with both your eye specialist and primary care physician.

This collaborative approach ensures a comprehensive evaluation of your condition, enabling healthcare professionals to determine the best course of action to manage and alleviate dry eye-related side effects.

At CustomEyes - Lenexa, we'll evaluate your condition and medical history to determine the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan. Take the first step towards a healthier you—schedule an appointment today and let us guide you on the path to wellness!

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