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Dr. Shikha Gupta

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Published At October 25, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 27, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I spend nine hours daily in front of a computer for the last five years. I have developed dry eye problem before two years and consulted a doctor. The doctor suggested Omega 369 tablets (Fultos 369) for 15 days and an eye drop (Softdrops) daily. The dry eye problem cured after taking tablets and has been using the same eye drop daily for around four to five times since then. My eyesight was tested and fine that time. I use transparent lens and glasses while working because without that it feels the moisture is getting evaporated from eyes. I also use an eye mask after keeping in freezer to relax eyes for some time. In the last month, I again started feeling some burning sensation in eyes like earlier due to dry eye. I started taking Omega 369 tablets (Well 369) for 10 days and the eye burning problem almost stopped. Now, I am feeling the same burning problem in the eyes. These are some specific queries on this issue. How much dosage of Omega 369 can be taken for dry eye this time? What are the best medicines having Omega 369? Is there any side effect of having Omega 369 for a long time? Which foods are the best supplements of Omega 369 in this case? Is there any side effect of using eye drop for a long time? I put two drops in each eye for four to five times daily. Is there any alternative treatment or medicine for dry eye problem? I am looking forward your reply. Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Shikha Gupta

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

First of all complete the duration of treatment with Osmega capsule (Omega-3 fatty acid) for three months continuously on once a day basis. Eye drop that you are using is a lubricant eye drop, which you can use it as long. Lubricant eye drops as such have no side effect in case of dry eyes until you are allergic to it. Try to use one drop only in each eye. Because, the quantity of one drop is also more in the capacity of the eye. Rest all is wasted. I-Omega and Osmega are the options for omega capsules. Along with this medication you can add Imudrops or Cyclodrops (Cyclosporine) eye drop twice daily for three months. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are fish, a good enough source.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Osmega tablet seems to have only omega 3, but earlier tablets had omega 369. Which one is better for dry eye treatment? Should I take this for 30 days or less, since I had the other medicine for 10 days recently? What are the benefits of eye drops you referred when compare to the Softdrops? Should I use them along with Softdrops? I could not get I-Omega tablet. Please mention its brand name.

Answered by Dr. Shikha Gupta

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You can get the tablet from Cipla. Only Omega 3 is enough, but continue it for three months regularly. Softdrops is a lubricant eye drop and it will give you only symptomatic relief as long as you use it. Imudrops or Cyclodrops will treat your pathology and after you stop your treatment after three months, the effect will persist for long.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

I am planning to have Osmega for three months as advised. I just want to know whether the dry eye problem will cure after that or it may come again. It got cured before two years, but started again. So, I am worried. Can I have Osmega with current eye drop Softdrops and see how it works? Or should I start using Imudrops along with Osmega from the beginning? Do I have to use Softdrops along with Imudrop for lubricant purpose? Is there any problem of using both Softdrops and Imudrops together? Will Imudrops cause any side effect?

Answered by Dr. Shikha Gupta

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Your complete treatment includes Softdrops three to four times a day, Imudrops two times a day and I-Omega or Osmega once in a day for three months. Now, dry eyes condition will not get cured completely. It may recur after stopping treatment at any time, but will follow an asymptomatic period definitely. You can also add warm compresses in your treatment for at least twice a day. Regarding Cyclo or Imudrops, yes, you will have to take caution as that may cause rise in intraocular pressure. Please get your IOP checked (intraocular pressure) first before starting using it and then a week after starting the treatment. If it comes to be equal or almost equal in both occasions, then get it checked monthly. This is more important if you have any family history of glaucoma.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

How to do warm compress exactly with eyes? Which is better, either a warm compress or a cold eye mask for dry eyes? Are there any medical eye glasses (like computer game glasses) for dry eye protection? Will the dry eye problem have any adverse effect on a long run since my work is with a computer?

Answered by Dr. Shikha Gupta

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • You can actually do either dry or wet warm compress. You can use lukewarm water for warm compresses or use a warmed up cloth for dry compresses.
  • Everything depends on the severity of the disease. You first try whatever I have told you and all other things are the last resort.

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Dr. Shikha Gupta
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