Other important treatments for dry eye disease include:
Anti-inflammatory medications: These include topical steroid eye drops, and various non-steroidal medications. Certain low-dose oral antibiotics have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect by altering the way bacteria on the eyelids interfere with meibomian gland function. Dr Andrew may prescribe some of these anti-inflammatory treatments depending on your specific examination findings.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplements: Emerging research indicates that in some circumstances, omega supplements can help blepharitis and dry eye by producing anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and improving the composition of meibum (meibomian gland oil). In some cases, this can result in a more effective tear film and more comfortable eyes.
Omega supplementation is a controversial topic due to varying scientific evidence of the ideal ratio of mega-3 to omega-6, whether the omega should be supplied in an alcohol or re-esterified form, and where the omega should be sourced.
For these reasons, Dr Andrew is particular about the omega supplements that he usus as different products may yield significantly different results.
Punctal plugs: Punctal plugs reduce tear drainage from the eye. They may prolong the time that your natural tears or artifiical lubricants are in contact with the eye. However, if your tear composition is inflammatory then punctal plugs can trap these inflammatory mediators on the surface of the eye and thereby exacerbate redness and dry eye symptoms. They are an excellent treatment option but for select patients and for a specific period of time in the treatment journey.
Emerging treatments: Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) photobiomodulation treatments (‘My Mask’, pictured).
Any treatment or combination of treatments should always be in consultation with a medical practitioner and specific to your individual medical needs. You should always seek a second opinion from a qualified medical practioner.