Your College Station Optometrist Now Offers FDA-Approved Xiidra for Treating Dry Eyes
Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) is now available for dry eye treatment with your College Station eye doctor, Dr. Brice. A prescription eyedrop formulated for treating both symptoms and signs of dry eye disease, Xiidra is also the first medication to be approved by the FDA for dry eye syndrome in over ten years.
How Does Xiidra Relieve Dry Eye Symptoms?
Xiidra suppresses inflammation mediated by your T cells, a specialized white blood cell key to supporting your immune system. By helping T cells fight inflammation causing dry eye disease, Xiidra enhances the immune system response to a variety of disorders responsible for dry eye irritation.
People with Sjorgrens syndrome will also benefit from Xiidra's ability to regulate a dysfunctional immune system. Characterized by an extremely dry mouth and dry eyes, Sjorgrens syndrome occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the salivary and lacrimal glands and prevents them from producing sufficient saliva and tears.
Using Xiidra for Dry Eye Treatment in College Station
Your College Station optometrist will prescribe Xiidra for twice-a-day use if you are diagnosed with dry eye disease. Drops are placed in your eyes 12 hours apart for continuous relief of the itchiness, pain and discomfort of dry eyes. Common side effects include mild but temporary irritation and "dysgeusia", an unusual sensation of an odd taste in your mouth. Your eye doctor will discuss side effects and instructions for using Xiidra eyedrops more in-depth at your appointment.
What is Dry Eye Disease?
When your eyes do not produce enough tears or tears are not the right consistency for adequately lubricating your eyes, you may be diagnosed with a type of dry eye disease. Aging increases the chance you will suffer from dry eyes as glands reduce their tear output. Dry eyes can also occur due to taking certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, calcium channel blockers) or having a skin disease around or on the eyelids.
Contact Your College Station Optometrist For Dry Eye Treatment Today!
For more information about Xiidra for dry eye treatment, please call Crystal Vision Center today. We look forward to answering any of your questions and scheduling your first appointment.