Dry Eye Syndrome
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 that prevents the tears from dong their job.
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. There are factors which may make you more susceptible to developing dry eye syndrome. Ageing, Laser eye surgery, diabetes, scleroderma and other medical conditions, medications such as birth control antihistamines, and antidepressants, blinking less often, and blepharitis.
We can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eyes and tear production with a Schirmer tear test.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from Dry Eye:
- Foreign body sensation
- Gritty sensation
- Excessive tears
- Stringy mucus in and around eyes
- Eye Redness
- Glare and Halos around lights
- Stinging or burning
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
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. These may include medical grade Bruder Masks, RESTASIS®, or Xiidra® amongst other treatments.
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.