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I am under chemo thearpy treatment for bilateral breast cancer

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I am under chemo thearpy treatment for bilateral breast cancer and for the past two months have been experiencing constant watery eyes particularly my left eye which is efffecting my vision. Isa this related to the chemo? I have lost my eyelashes also.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.


You are correct in thinking that your chemotherapy may be causing eye problems. Chemotherapeutic agents are very well-known agents in causing dry eyes. The tearing you are experiencing is likely a reflex tearing in response to the eyes being dry. The fact that your eyelashes are falling out is another sign of tear-film dysfunction which can lead to dry eye.


I would first start out by using artificial tears several times per day. Any kind of artificial tear is okay to use except I would recommend not using the kind that say get-the-red-out or redness-reliever, which I believe Apcon-A is one of them. Use them 4-5x/day to start out with and if you need more then switch to a preservative-free artificial tear which you can use as much as needed. Warm compresses will also help the dry eye get better and you can even use a lubricating ophthalmic ointment 1-2x/day as needed to help the eyes be less dry.


Does this make sense and does that help address your concerns?


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