Dry Eye Clinic
Have you ever experienced a gritty, itchy, stinging sensation in one or both eyes? Have you ever wondered why your eyes and/or eyelids always appear red? Do your eyes constantly water? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have dry eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is a very common and often chronic condition that occurs when there is an insufficient amount of quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye (cornea) and for providing clear vision.
Tear production tends to diminish due to age, hormonal changes (pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, and menopause), medications (antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants), medical conditions (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hyper- or hypothyroid, blepharitis), and LASIK.
Poor quality of tears results in the tears evaporating too quickly or not spreading evenly over the cornea. Quality can be affected by smoking and environmental conditions (windy, dry climates and computer usage).
The primary approaches to managing and treating dry eyes include adding tears (over-the-counter artificial tears), conserving tears (punctal plugs), increasing tear production (Restasis or Xiidra), and treating the ocular surface and eyelid inflammation (blepharitis). There is an extensive amount of artificial tear brands on the market and not all of them will treat your dry eye with the same efficiency.
Our doctor will recommend the brand that will be right for you.
Please contact our office to schedule your dry eye consultation today! Our doctor will evaluate you, determine the type of dry eye you have, and design a treatment plan for you. Frequent follow-up exams are necessary to ensure your condition is improving. In the meantime, our doctor suggests following a few steps to reduce your symptoms of dryness:
Stay hydrated throughout the day
Remember to blink regularly when reading or using the computer
Use a humidifier at home and at work
Wear sunglasses to reduce exposure to drying winds and the sun
Consider taking nutritional supplements that contain essential fatty acids