Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
tend to have Xerosis or Dry eyes
more often than others. Treatment of dry eyes involves tear substitutes as the most effective medication. You cannot increase tear production so artificial tears
form the mainstay of treatment. Treatment, if used regularly and in adequate duration, helps significantly. Start using a preservative free medication like Refresh liquigel eye drops at least 6 times a day initially and then reduce to 4 times a day. Also to prevent the discomfort at night use lacrigel eye ointment in both eyes before retiring for the night. It is a little messy and grainy in the eye till it absorbs but works well. Other symptomatic relief methods are short lived and make you feel better temporarily due to vasoconstriction
. You may use the green tea bags but only along with the lubricating medication.