Monday, October 31, 2011

Restasis and Tylenol

It's a very typical day at Skyvision Centers: we've written several new prescriptions for Restasis for people with dry eye. We know that they will start to feel better in a couple of weeks, and then we'll have to answer this question: "Do I have to keep taking my Restasis? Why? I feel great!" Happens every time!!

Well, that's the exact feel great! In fact, you feel great BECAUSE you are taking your Restasis. Dry eye is a chronic problem, one that needs to have on-going treatment. When Restasis is the right medicine to use it's important to understand just how and why Restasis works. It takes a while for Restasis to decrease the inflammation that causes lots of dry eye; that's why it can be several weeks before you feel better. Then, after the inflammation is controlled it's necessary to keep taking the Restasis in order to prevent the same inflammation from making your eyes hurt again!

Dr. White likes to say that Restasis is not a typical American medicine. It takes a while for it to kick in. Not like Tylenol for a headache. You have a headache, you take a Tylenol and you feel great. You don't have to keep taking the Tylenol to keep the headache away, but you DO have to keep taking your Restasis in order to keep comfortable eyes!

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