Dry Eye Treatment

Dry Eye

What is a Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears are not of the right consistency and evaporate too quickly. This can cause the eyes to feel dry, irritated, and uncomfortable. Dry eye is a very common condition affecting millions of people worldwide.

There are two main types of dry eye:

Evaporative dry eye is the most common type of dry eye, and it occurs when the meibomian glands are not functioning correctly. These glands produce an oily substance that helps to keep the tears from evaporating. If the glands are not working correctly, the tears will evaporate too quickly, and the eyes will feel dry and irritated.
Aqueous dry eye occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears. This can be due to various factors, including certain medications, autoimmune diseases, and age-related changes. Aqueous dry eye can be debilitating, causing severe irritation and discomfort.
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Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye can cause a number of different symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see an eye doctor to rule out other potential causes. Dry eye can be a very frustrating condition, but there are treatments available that can help to improve the symptoms.

Eye fatigue
Stinging or burning eyes
Redness
Itchy eyes
Watery eyes (in response to the dryness)
Blurry vision
Difficulty wearing contact lenses
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How is Dry Eye Treated?

For some patients, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops will provide relief for dry eye symptoms. However, if these are ineffective you may need to have an eye doctor assess your situation and determine the root cause of your dry eye. Knowing the reason for your dry eye symptoms is the only way to successfully treat this condition.

At 20/20 Vision Center, our dry eye specialists may recommend:

Punctal plugs to prevent tear drainage from the eyes
RESTASIS® eye drops to increase tear production
LipiFlow treatment to unblock the eyelid glands

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