What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eye does not produce good quality tears, or when they evaporate too quickly.
What causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can occur when tear production decreases, tear evaporation increases, or tear composition is imbalanced. Others factors can contribute to dry eye, as well.
Dry Eye Symptoms:
- Foreign body sensation
- Redness in the eye
- Episodes of excessive tearing
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty opening eyes in the morning
- Pain in the eye
Dry Eye Treatment Options
Dry Eye Evaluation: The evaluation consists of a comprehensive eye examination assessing the health of your ocular surface, quality of the tears, tears ducts, eyelids, blink mechanism, as well a full review of your medical and personal history.
Mild dry eye symptoms: Mild dry eye may be treated with over-the-counter lubricant drops and lifestyle changes, such as taking breaks from the screen use, supplementing the diet with Omega-3s, and using warm lid compresses.
Moderate dry eye symptoms: Require prescription dry eye drops.
If the patient does not respond to the above treatment options offered at Precision Eye Care, the following therapies are available:
Punctal plugs: Punctal plugs are made of silicone or collagen, and they may be inserted by an eye care provider to partially or completely plug the tear ducts to keep tears from draining out the eye.
LipiFlow: This treatment for blocked meibomian glands combines heat with massage of the eyelids. Many patients describe the procedure as a spa experience for their eyes.
Bleph-Ex: This treatment for blepharitis uses a micro-sponge to exfoliate and clean the eyelids and lashes, removing the bacteria and debris from the lid margins.