Dry Eye Treatment
Just like your skin, your eyes need moisture and lubrication to provide clear vision. The tear glands produce tears that lubricate and moisturize your eyes. If the eyes aren’t receiving this necessary moisture, you may develop what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome. Some symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome include:
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- A gritty feeling (as if something is in your eye)
- Excessive tearing
- Burning eyes
- Stinging eyes
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when the eye lacks lubrication and moisture. Some of the factors that contribute to the development of Dry Eye Syndrome include:
- Age – As we age, so do our eyes and Dry Eye Syndrome is the result of a natural aging process. It is common for people over the age of 65 to experience some symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome.
- Gender – Women have a higher chance of developing Dry Eye Syndrome. This is due to the hormonal changes their bodies’ experience, the use of contraceptive pills, and menopause.
- Medications – Some medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications and antidepressants have been known to cause Dry Eye Syndrome.
- Environmental Conditions – Exposing your eyes to smoke, wind, and dry climates may increase your chances of developing Dry Eye Syndrome. Furthermore, not blinking enough from prolonged use of computer screens can also increase the chances of Dry Eye Syndrome.
Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment
Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome depends on each individual case and a comprehensive examination is required prior to recommending the best treatment options.
At The Lasik Centers, we focus on the punctal plugs treatment. This treatment helps tears stay on the surface of the eyes longer. Punctal plugs are small, sterile plugs placed into one of the small openings of the tear drainage ducts located in the inner corner of the upper and lower eyelids. By placing the plugs in those locations, tears are prevented from draining from the eye through these ducts keeping them on the surface of the eyes. In most cases, the tears on the surface of the eyes will evaporate from the eyes surface without symptoms. If the punctal plugs cause the eyes to water, one or more of the plugs can be removed.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, or think you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, schedule your FREE consultation at one of our convenient locations!