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Dry eyes if mild respond well to lubricating eye drops like Refresh tears /systane eye drops. When moderate Restasis eye drops can help. When severe and not responding to the usual eye drops, a trial of punctal plugs made of silicone is tried. Usually it does give good results as it helps to retain the existing tears in the conjunctival sac for a longer duration. These plugs are temporary and are removed once there is improvement. The final option for very refractory cases is a permanent closure of the punctum either with heat cautery( very rarely used option).
You can also get your eyes examined for perenial allergic conjunctivitis
which can result in red eyes too. It is treated with Olopatadine eye drops (pataday) 1 drop twice a day for 1 month. If very severe a short course of steroid eye drops are given for 2 weeks.Glaucoma
is unlikely to be the cause of this kind of redness and that too without any acute pain symptoms. A routine intraocular
pressure recording though can be done.
You can discuss these options with the ophthalmologist
treating who would be in the best position , knowing the extent of dry eyes in your case, to take the best decision.
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Edited by Dr. A.S. Desai on 3/21/2010 at 3:58 PM EST