Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because of a chemical imbalance in the tears.
Patients with this condition often experience irritating symptoms and which may result in more serious damage to the vision if the condition is left untreated. It is important for patients with this condition to take special care of their eyes in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Your doctor can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eyes and tear production with a Schirmer tear test.
Treatment of Dry Eye
Treatment for dry eye depends on the cause and severity of the condition, as well as the patient's overall health and personal preference. Non-surgical treatments are often effective.
If non-surgical methods are unsuccessful, surgical treatments may be an option. The doctor will assess which treatment plan to follow and make recommendations accordingly.
Treating the underlying cause of dry eyes can also help relieve the symptoms of this condition.
RESTASIS® for Chronic Dye Eye
RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion is the only prescription eye drop available for patients, who have chronic to severe dry eye, that helps increase the eye's ability to produce more tears. Used according to prescription, patients who use RESTASIS® report a noticeable increase in tear production, as opposed to those using steroid drops or tear duct, or punctal plugs. Please consult our office directly if you suffer from dry eyes and would like more information.
LATISSE® Treatment For Eyelashes
LATISSE® eyelash enhancer is the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved cosmetic treatment for increasing the length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes. Available only through prescription, it is applied once a day to the base of the upper eyelashes. Results may be apparent within four weeks; full results take sixteen weeks.
Exactly why LATISSE liquid solution causes eyelashes to grow is unknown. However, its active ingredient, bimatoprost, seems to increase the number of hairs in, and the duration of, a hair follicle's growth period. The result is longer and fuller lashes.
Once LATISSE treatment is discontinued, its benefits gradually end.
Candidates for LATISSE® Treatment
Anyone who wants longer, fuller and darker eyelashes may be a candidate for LATISSE treatment. Contact our office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.