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Chronic Dry Eye

What is chronic dry eye?

Chronic dry eye is a condition that never goes away, and if left untreated it only gets worse.

The condition affects the eyes’ natural ability to produce and maintain your own tears. Certain factors can bring on inflammation, which affects both the quality of your tears and the amount of tears you produce. Once inflammation occurs, chronic dry eye is there to stay.

Quality tears keep your
eyes safe

We all produce tears, but not all tears are created equal. Quality tears maintain eye health and provide clear vision. As you blink, a thin layer of your tears spread over the surface of your eyes, keeping them smooth and safe.

Poor quality tears are tears that can’t properly lubricate your eyes. Without that layer of defense, your eyes are more susceptible to damage on the surface.

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Close up of a woman rubbing her eyes to show that her chronic dry eye is bothering her.

the underlying issue

Inflammation is your body’s natural way of reacting to stress. However, inflammation itself can lead to additional stress on the eyes. To help you fight chronic dry eye, you need to break the cycle of inflammation.

Over-the-counter eye drops act as a band-aid, only temporarily addressing the symptoms. In order to treat your dry eye, you need to treat the underlying cause—inflammation.

Vicious cycle of chronic dry eye

The cycle starts with eye stress.

Eye stress can be caused by a number of factors. Once stress occurs, your eyes send a signal that triggers inflammation. Inflammation negatively impacts your eyes, affecting your eyes’ natural ability to produce and maintain your own tears.

Inflammation plus poor quality tears mean your eyes’ defenses are down. That’s when you’re at risk for damage to the surface of the eye.

Once damage occurs, the vicious cycle continues, and around and around you go.

Cycle of chronic dry eye, starting from eye stress, then to inflammation, and finally poor tear quality.

Who gets chronic dry eye?

Anyone can develop chronic dry eye. Factors like increased screen time, older age, gender, and
certain health conditions can also play a role.

Be on the lookout for some common symptoms:

Outline drawing of a lit match within a circle to represent a symptom of chronic dry eye.

Burning or

3 squiggly lines within a circle to represent symptoms like dryness and scratchiness that chronic dry eye can cause.

Dryness or

A circular swirl outlined in another circle to represent the blurry vision that some people experience as a result of chronic dry eye.

Blurred vision

No other prescription treatment has this unique delivery system
to help you fight chronic dry eye.


Important Safety Information


CEQUA™ (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) 0.09% is a topical solution that helps to increase the production of natural tears in your eye. Dry eye disease may affect the ability of your eyes to produce its own tears.


Do not use CEQUA if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Be careful not to allow the vial tip to touch your eye or any surfaces, to help avoid potential eye injury or contamination of the product.

CEQUA should not be used while wearing contact lenses. If contact lenses are worn, they should be removed prior to using CEQUA and may be reinserted after 15 minutes.

Put one drop of CEQUA twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart) into each eye using a single-use vial. The solution should be used immediately after opening, and discard the vial and remaining contents immediately after using.

The most common side effects that may be experienced while using CEQUA include: eye pain after administering drops and eye redness. Other side effects reported were eye irritation, eyelid inflammation, headache, and urinary tract infection.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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