Dry Eye

 

Do you have dry eye? If so, you are not alone! About 3.5 out of 10 people will have some form of dry eye disease. But, the good news is that research and dry eye treatments are becoming smarter and treating the problem at the source.

Common Dry Eye Symptoms

  • Feeling of dryness or sticky lids
  • Redness
  • Irritating foreign body feeling
  • Stinging or burning
  • Decreased vision
  • Tearing (yes, too many tears can be dry eye!)

Dry Eye Causes

  • Age/Gender
  • Medications such as antihistamines
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Prolonged computer or near work
  • Smoking
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes and sleep apnea
  • Contact lenses
  • Post LASIK or other eye surgeries

Types of Dry Eye

  • Evaporative
  • Insufficient tear production
  • Ocular surface inflammation
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction

Dry Eye Treatment options

Current research shows that most dry eye comes from a meibomian gland dysfunction that effects the outer lipid layer of the tear film. The lipid layer is what keeps your tears from evaporating and the glands being stopped up can influence everything from quality to quantity of the tear film.

What can you do?

Come in for your dry eye evaluation today. As you can see, there are many types of dry eye that can be caused by a multitude of factors. Your care plan may include warm compresses, nutrition changes such as increasing omega 3s, eye drops, lid scrubs, lid expression, punctal plug and/or medications.

To find the correct care plan for your individual situation, please schedule an appointment today.  Dry eye syndrome relief is now in reach!

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