Dry Eye Syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions across the United States. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can be very frustrating, and make it difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Whether in the form of an eye allergy, redness & inflammation, or a gland malfunction, a lack or imbalance of tear production will cause your eyes to feel dry, itchy, and gritty. Dry eye syndrome is also often associated with redness, foreign body sensation and excessive tearing (the eye trying to compensate for the dryness).
Understanding Dry Eyes
Symptoms of Dry Eye Include:
Dry eyes feel uncomfortable. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may sting or burn. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours. Signs and symptoms usually affect both eyes and symptoms may include:
- A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue
- Vision Complaints
How is Dry Eye Treated?
Treatments for dry eye are geared toward symptom management. While eye drops are generally the first step in relieving dry eye symptoms, we can utilize various kinds of treatment to ultimately reduce dryness and inflammation. Many of our patients who have struggled with dry eye disease for years have found long lasting and effective treatment. Our advanced and cutting edge diagnostic technologies along with Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski’s expertise in the field brings a superior approach for the management and treatment of dry eyes.
We utilize a number of methods in treating and managing dry eye. After diagnosing the root cause of the symptoms our doctors will walk through the process of how to address your specific needs, some treatments include: prescription eye drops that promote tear production, removable tear duct plugs, warm compresses, eye lid cleaners, PRN Omgea 3 Fish Oil supplements and more.
Lifetime Eyecare has been certified as a “Dry Eye Center of Excellence” and can prescribe and administer advanced treatments for dry eye syndrome by Bio-Tissue, the industry leader in regenerative tissue therapies and ocular hygiene products for lid margin and ocular surface diseases.
When damage to the eye creates cornea scarring, the healing process on the surface of the eye will develop scar tissue. The scar tissue can disrupt the way your eyelid moves and even the way tears pass across the surface. Although the healing process is natural, the cornea scarring may lead to inflammation and dry eye symptoms, as a result.
Prokera allows our doctors to treat mild and even severe cornea scarring through a simple application of an amniotic membrane.
Most of our treatments are focused on correcting tear deficiencies, but in many patients, Dry Eye symptoms are caused by a larger problem rooted in the tiny glands in your eyelids, called “the Meibomian Glands.” When these glands are blocked or not working, it’s called MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction) and this is the leading cause of Dry Eye symptoms. The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a revolutionary way to treat Evaporative Dry Eye.
Cliradex is an all natural, preservative-free lid, lash and facial cleanser that helps manage symptoms associated with blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), rosacea, dry eye, Demodex, chalazia and other lid margin diseases. Unlike traditional cleansers derived from man-made chemicals, Cliradex is a natural way to keep your eyelids and skin clean, comfortable and healthy.
Talk to Us About Your Dry Eyes TODAY!
If you have been using over the counter eye drops for dry eye relief, don’t delay receiving a professional diagnosis and treatment from Lifetime Eyecare. Call today to schedule an appointment with us: 616-457-0760.