Restasis is the first and only Food and Drug Administration-approved medication that treats the cause of dry eyes, not just the symptoms.
The slightly pearlescent tint of Restasis will not blur your vision.
When you first take Restasis, you may feel a little burning upon instillation. About 17% of patients have very mild burning. The burning always goes away within a couple of weeks, at most.
A small percentage of patients develop burning three to six weeks after starting the medication, as the eye returns to a more healthy and normal state. It will also go away after a couple of weeks and not develop again.
The two daily doses of Restasis that you take each day will cost about $100 per month if you use two vials (the cost is between $15 and $40 with most insurance copays). Your pharmacist and the patient booklet suggest using two vials per day, but the following instructions are the unanimous consensus of many leading dry eye and Restasis experts.
This regimen will save you 50% of the cost of this medication:
- Instead of using two vials per day, you can use only one if you are very careful and detail oriented. Snap the neck off one of the little dose vials and put the drops in your eyes in the morning. Do not insert contact lenses or instill any other eye drops (even artificial tears) for at least 30 minutes.
- Lean the vial up against the side of a small glass and put it in the refrigerator. It is imperative that you keep the tip clean and the vial cold to avoid bacterial reproduction, as the medication is unpreserved.
- In the evening, remove the same vial from the refrigerator, put the drops in both eyes, and discard the vial.
Your eyes will feel better every day. It takes three to six months, however, to derive the maximum therapeutic benefit, so you must be patient.
It is imperative that you continue to use the drops long-term or the dry eye condition will return. For more information about dry eye treatment options, please call Kirk Eye Center at (970) 744-2566 or contact us online today. Our office is based in Loveland, and we serve Fort Collins, Windsor and nearby areas of Northern Colorado.