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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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- Jun. 04, 2024
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- May. 09, 2024
Dr. Natalie and the team at Wear are the best. I was a patient here for several years before moving ... and trying a few different optometrists in the following years. I finally came back to Wear and was reminded how personal and friendly they treat all their patients and how awesome, knowledgable and understanding Dr. Natalie is. Best in the city!
- May. 07, 2024
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- Mar. 03, 2024
I had a really good experience with Wear Eyewear in River North. They carry ic Berlin and were able... to order the frames I wanted but that they didn't stock. Their service was great - they helped me hone in my prescription after I wasn't satisfied with my original prescription from a different company. They weren't pushy on the sales side, which I appreciate. Highly recommended!
- Jan. 13, 2024
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- Dec. 06, 2023
Wear Eyewear- Chicago location. I’ve been a patient of the fabulous team at Wear EyeWear Chicago ... for over a year now, and I am extremely happy with the care I get there. To start, the space is a boutique business, so if you like personalized care unlike what the chain stores offer then this is your spot . I liked that fact that I got the expertise of an experienced optometrist , and experienced opticians. Dr. Natalie Wozny is the best. She is warm and inviting. I was really shocked that in the brief time we talk last year, she remembered our last conversation on my most recent visit this year. My vision after she examined me is much clearer and crisper. I didn’t know how blind I was, until she cleaned my prescription up; and I mean cleaned it up. Thank You Dr Wozny.👀😊❤️ After my eye exam. I got to work with Joe Winjum who is an involved owner. He help find me the best pair of glasses. I mean when It comes to glasses, I’m a picky person; then again we all are. But I was impressed with his ability to get me out of my comfort zone, and changing my view on what kind of glasses fit my face. I’m extremely happy with my purchases. Thank you Thank you Joe😊 Finally, Nicole is awesome, she’s always very professional and welcoming. I remember her nods when the glasses are a win. Thank you Thank you Nicole If you want expertise, experience and personalized care- Wear eyewear Chicago or Orland Park are your place to go.
- Oct. 28, 2023
Great experience. I was seen promptly by Dr. Natalie Wozny, she answered all my questions and gave m... e different options, without making my visit few rushed. Front office was also great, they have a wide selection of frames and gave me feedback while picking out the prefect pair of glasses 🙂
- Mar. 24, 2023
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- Dec. 12, 2022
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- Apr. 21, 2022
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- Sep. 08, 2021
Dr. Jones is the best eye doctor I have ever had, and I've seen many over my lifetime. His exams are... always thorough, he has the latest diagnostic equipment, he's passionate about his profession and compassionate with his patients. I feel confident in his diagnoses and appreciate his pragmatic approach to treating all my eye woes. He also does an exceptional job fitting contact lenses. Highly recommend!!
- Mar. 05, 2021
INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED with friendly, very professional and knowledgeable eye care. I get al... l my glasses from Wear Eyewear! They have such a great variety of high-end frames. But the people at Wear Eyewear is what makes this store amazing. I received outstanding customer service from Joe in Chicago! Joe & Maria both were so wonderful with helping me find the perfect pair of glasses and making adjustments when it wasn't quite right. Of course it all starts with a fantastic doctor! Natalie Wozny Glebiv, O.D. took her time with me, which resulted in the most comprehensive eye exam with a nice sharp prescription. Thanks to all at Wear Eyewear!
- Dec. 21, 2020
I am so grateful that I have Dr. Jones for an eye doctor. His patience and ability to explain the s... ituation is superb. The communication between Dr. Jones and his staff is what makes their services rise above and beyond!! Thank you all for everything you do for your patients. It is extremely admirable.
- Jul. 15, 2020
This place was amazing. I saw Dr. Natalie Wozny and she was wonderful. The front desk staff was also... so kind. Such a smooth great experience. Happy I made the switch to Wear Eyewear!
- Jan. 22, 2020
I could not recommend this optometrist enough. I truly hated my last eye doctor and dreaded going, b... ut I will be coming back here as long as I live in Chicago. Easy, painless, helpful, smart... the list goes on.
- Nov. 07, 2019
Great customer service from the staff, bedside manner from the doctor, great selection of eyewear. I... ’m happy I found my new “eye home.”
- Jul. 30, 2019
Stopped in for a quick chat about my sunglasses. Nate took good care of me and even cleaned my glass... es for me. Will return
- Jun. 04, 2018
I wasn't believing in the reviews I read, because it were were TOO amazing for being true. However, ... after I visited the place, I can confirm that it is all all true! Dr. Jones is super patient and professional. He also explained all the information during the exam with lots of details. The appointment was on-time and very quick. They also have nice eyeglasses options. Will be back for sure.
- May. 14, 2018
I have nothing but great things to say about Wear Eyewear. I moved here from Texas, needing a new ey... e doctor, and I've been going here for the last two years. The appointments are always on-time and very quick. They are very helpful with questions and I've even called the receptionist to help me with insurance questions and a time when I ran out of contacts! Love this place.
- May. 12, 2018
Dr. Wozny was great! My appointment only took about half an hour, and they have a cool camera to loo... k at the back of your eye so they didn't have to do dilation. Even though I had not had an eye appointment in two years and my prescription might have changed, they did not try to upsell me on new, expensive frames and offered a trial for some new contacts. Dr. Wozny was also very thorough and explained everything she was doing, and answered all my questions.

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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 Wear Eyewear - Chicago, 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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