It just depends. With Restasis, it is an older medication. It’s been out for 12 years, but every dry eye medication that has tried to come out has to go against Restasis in trials to see if it can be better. Restasis was the only dry eye medication for 12 years for a reason. The downfall of Restasis is it can take up to 6 months to fully kick in. You might not feel anything for months, and the side effects are stinging, burning, and dryness. You have to kind of get through all those side effects first before you get the benefits. A lot of patients have trouble in doing that. Xiidra tends to work a little faster. You might feel the benefits in as little as 2 weeks and full benefits in 2 to 4 months. Is it better? It is hard to say what is better than the other because it is all patient dependent, but it is a newer medication. Both are worth trying if you have never tried either.
Dr. Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler
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