You have been prescribed RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion, a prescription therapy for dry eye patients clinically shown to increase production of one’s own natural tears. RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion is both an artificial tear which treats your symptoms for short term relief of persistent dry eye and a special medicine which works, with proper compliance, to increase both quantity and quality of your own natural tear production in the long term. RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion can actually help you restore the production of your own natural tears – something that an artificial tear alone cannot do by itself.
You may choose to continue using artificial tears between doses of RESTASIS® for temporary relief of your dry eye symptoms. Over time, however, you may find that you need these less often, if at all.