If you have had dry eye syndrome for a long time, inflammation is often a common problem.
The oil glands in your eye can sometimes stop secreting oil into your tears if the edge of your eyelid is inflamed. You may also have have inflammation on the surface of your eye.
If, in and around your eyes do get inflamed, your specialist can prescribe you with anti-inflammatory antibiotics.
Corticosteroid eye drops and ointments
Anti-inflammatory medications, such as Corticosteroids, can be given as eye drops or ointments to help treat severe cases of dry eye.
You will only be given Corticosteroids if your case is severe, as some of the anti-inflammatory medications have a number of side effects.
One in every three people suffer from side effects, which can include:
- Raised pressure within the eye, which could lead to glaucoma.
Another type of anti-inflammatory medication your specialist may prescribe you with, is with a low dose of tetracycline. You will need to use these for no less than three to four months. Also the medicine can not only help reduce your inflammation but prevent your tears from evaporating.
Ciclosporin eye drops
If, in the past you did not respond to other treatments and your case is severe, Ciclosporin eye drops may be used. The drops work by reducing the swelling in your eye, which will help you get a better tear production. Therefore your eyes will be more moist. You are usually needed to use the liquid drops twice a day.