Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. But not having sufficient tears to lubricate and nourish your eye is an affliction that can affect you at any age.
People with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.
So, unless you enjoy the burning feel of sand paper on your eyes, you need to rectify the problem fast. The eye experts here at The LASIK Vision Institute / Global Laser Vision can diagnose dry eye syndrome, and then provide the treatment to ease your troubles.
No one likes to cry, but tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye – and for providing clear vision.
Cause of Dry Eyes
So what causes your dry eyes? Well, dry eye often results from an improper balance of tear production or faulty tear drainage. Here’s the breakdown:
Not enough tears. Tear production tends to diminish with age, with various medical conditions, or as a side effect of certain medicines. Environmental conditions such as wind and dry climates can also affect the volume of your eye-moisturizing tears. The tears tend to evaporate before they can do much good.
Poor quality tears. Tears are not simple drops of liquid. They have three layers: oil, water and mucus. Each component serves a function in protecting and nourishing the front surface of your eye. A smooth oil layer helps to prevent evaporation of the water layer, while the mucin layer functions in spreading the tears evenly over the surface of the eye.
The most common form of dry eyes is an inadequate amount of the water layer. This condition is officially called Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, but it is more commonly referred to as Dry Eye Syndrome.
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye treatments can restore or maintain the proper amount of tears. Finding this balance minimizes dryness and its related discomfort. It also helps you maintain your eye health.
We promise that our doctors will prescribe the cure for your dry eyes.
Proven tactics include:
- Adding tears. Mild cases of dry eyes can often be managed using over-the-counter artificial tears. These can be used as often as needed to supplement natural tear production. Some people may have persistent dry eyes that don’t respond to artificial tears alone. Additional steps need to be taken.
- Conserving tears. Keeping natural tears in the eyes longer can be done by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain. The tear ducts can be blocked with tiny silicone or gel-like plugs. A surgical procedure can also be prescribed. The goal is simply to keep the lubricating tears in the eye longer.
- Increasing tear production. Prescription eye drops may be recommended by your optometrist. Another tactic involves omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements.
- Treatment of the contributing eyelid or eye surface inflammation. Prescription eye drops or ointments, warm compresses and lid massage, or eyelid cleaners may be prescribed to help decrease inflammation around the surface of the eyes.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eyes, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an eye exam!
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