DRY EYE TREATMENT WITH INNOVISION FAMILY EYECARE

Dry eyes are an incredibly common complaint which, in addition to dryness, leads to symptoms including soreness, eye fatigue, irritation, grittiness and burning. Although the condition is common, having dry eyes is still not considered normal.

Some individuals experience dry eyes as the symptom of a separate problem, such as ocular allergies, an eye infection, contact lens irritation, long hours of computer work or even hot, dry weather. Other individuals, however, have dry eye syndrome, chronic dry eyes unrelated to any other condition.

WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC DRY EYE?

The three most common issues which cause dry eye syndrome include:

  • Low Tear Gland Production - Tear glands failing to produce a sufficient amount of tears to lubricate the eyes is the most common cause of chronic dry eye.
  • Blocked Meibomian Glands - These glands produce an oily substance which helps lubricate the eyes and prevent tear evaporation. These glands often become blocked, preventing the distribution of this oil.
  • Poor Tear Quality - Some individuals produce tears which contain abnormally high amounts of salt and inflammatory substances, which irritate eyes and make them feel even drier.

Individuals who have had an eye surgery or injury might experience dry eye syndrome as a side effect. Dry eyes can also be a symptom of an immune system disorder called Sjorgren’s Syndrome.

DIAGNOSING DRY EYE

When patients schedule a dry eye appointment or mention frequent dryness and irritation during a comprehensive vision exam, our optometrist must first determine the underlying cause before providing either a diagnosis or treatment. Before definitively diagnosing a patient with dry eye syndrome, other conditions, such as ocular allergies and infections, must be ruled out.

Our optometrist will perform a series of tests and examinations to determine the underlying cause of the patient’s dry eyes. The diagnosis process might include:

  • Measurement of tear volume
  • Tear sample to test quality and evaporation rate
  • Allergy antigen test
  • Imaging of the meibomian glands and cornea
  • Screening for Sjogren's Syndrome

DRY EYE TREATMENT

If you are diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, don’t worry. You can find more relief than what’s found inside a bottle of artificial tears. At Innovision Family Eyecare, we offer dry eye syndrome patients a variety of state-of-the-art treatment options, such as:

  • LipiFlow System
  • THERMIeyes
  • Amniotic Membrane Contacts
  • Scleral Contact Lenses

Upon diagnosis, our optometrist will discuss these dry eye treatment options with you to help you determine which treatment or combination of treatments will help you find effective, lasting relief from your chronic dry eyes.

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