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Dry Eye Treatment & Relief

While it’s not uncommon to suffer from occasional dry eyes, chronic dry eye symptoms aren’t something you have to live with. Dry eye is a very common condition, but it is also consistently underdiagnosed. Dry eye therapy can help reduce your symptoms and provide long-term relief.

What are Dry Eyes?

Dry eye is a chronic condition caused by either poor quality tears or insufficient tear quantity. Dry eyes can occur when tears fail to properly hydrate your eyes, a medical condition forms on your eyelid, or by allergies.

Your tears consist of 3 main ingredients: oil (known as meibum), mucin, and water. Meibum works to make sure your tears don’t evaporate too quickly, and mucin spreads your tears evenly across your eye. When there is an imbalance of either component, your tears aren’t able to maintain your eyes’ moisture levels, leading to dry eyes.

Insufficient tear quantity can be caused by different things. There may not be enough aqueous fluid (or water) in your tears, or there may be a blockage in one of your tear glands, impacting meibum or mucin production. When you don’t have enough tears, your eyes don’t get the moisture they need, which can ultimately lead to dry eye symptoms.

Signs You Might Have Dry Eyes

There are many symptoms you may experience if you have dry eyes. Certain factors, like medication, also need to be taken into consideration when assessing you for dry eye.

Every dry eye patient may have different symptoms, but many patients experience some or all of the following issues or feelings:

  • Burning or stinging
  • Red eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Gritty feeling

Certain medications or medical conditions can increase your likelihood of developing dry eye. These include:

  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Eyelid issues, like ectropion and entropion
  • Some medical conditions, like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, thyroid disorders, and vitamin A deficiency
  • Some medications, like allergy medication, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, and drugs for high blood pressure, acne, birth control, and Parkinson’s disease
  • Visually-demanding tasks that cause your eyes to blink less
    • Computer work
    • Driving
  • Laser eye surgery (in most cases, dry eyes caused by refractive surgery are not permanent)
  • Irritating contact lenses

Dry Eye Treatments

Your specific dry eye treatment will depend on the root cause of your dry eyes, as well as your symptoms. Once we have evaluated your eyes, we can recommend the right treatment for you.
Treatment options we may suggest include:

  • Artificial tears (eye drops) or ointments to lubricate the eyes
  • Steroid or antibiotic drops or pills
    • Sometimes recommended for conditions like blepharitis
  • Reducing tear drainage by blocking tear ducts with silicone plugs (punctal plugs)
  • Medications such as Restasis which reduce inflammation and trigger tear production
  • Scleral lenses that hold moisture on the surface of the eyeball

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