I used Restasis eye drops faithfully a few years ago for chronic dry eyes, then let my prescription lapse after a cross-country move. I have now found a new opthamologist and restarted Restasis, because nothing else seems to help as much. I've tried just about every over-the-counter solution there is, and nothing works better. Other drops provide relief for a few minutes, but only Restasis works with your body to actually increase tear production - helping your body "heal" itself. My doctor did mention that, after nine months or so, we could stretch out the dosage a bit to save money. She also recommended 1,200mg daily of fish oil for additional dry eye and skin relief, in conjunction with the Restasis. The drops are quite expensive, not covered by my insurance, and take a few months of twice-daily use to see significant improvement, but if you're as miserable as I was, then the price is worth the relief.
Colorado Springs, CO