Those who have experience with a dry eye could sum it up in one word: frustrating.
For some, dry eyes happen on occasion. It may because of temporary medication, excessive computer use, or a response to smoke or wind. For these individuals, dry eye usually goes away when the cause does. However, for those suffering from dry eye syndrome, it can seem like there is no relief.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that affects 3.2 million women and 1.68 million men over 50. While some would consider this a nuisance, those living with dry eyes understand the constant frustration associated. In advanced cases, the surface of the eye can become scratched, causing vision problems.
It comes with a host of symptoms which include:
There are two causes of this condition.
We know how infuriating living with dry eyes can be. Book an appointment for a proper diagnosis and to talk about possible treatment options.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent dry eye syndrome:
To ascertain the reason behind your dry eyes, we will do a comprehensive eye exam. We will go through your patient history carefully to note any general health problems, environmental triggers, and medications that might be causing your discomfort. Then we will examine your eyes and assess your lid structure, blink dynamics, and an analysis of your natural tears for quantity and quality. A special dye may be used during this procedure.
There are a number of ways to find relief from dry eye syndrome. Depending on the diagnosis we may suggest one or a combination of treatments. Eye drops to supplement your natural tears, nutritional supplements to aid in tear production, or eyelid cleaners to keep inflammation down are often quite effective.
In more progressive cases, punctal plugs can be inserted into the tear ducts. These tiny plugs reduce the amount of tears that are draining from the surface of your eye, making up for a lack of production.
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