Suffering from dry eye can be more than just mildly annoying. It is a chronic condition that can result in significant discomfort and cause visual disturbances that interfere with your daily activities. It usually gets worse with time.
Symptoms of dry eye may include:
If you are experiencing persistent symptoms of dry eye, it is important to make an appointment for a Dry Eye Evaluation. During this visit, we will check your symptoms, review your overall health history and discuss which medications you are taking that may be contributing to this condition.
We will also examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect the cornea of your eyes. As part of this evaluation, we will look for any environmental factors that may be putting you at risk for dry eye. Diagnostic tests to measure the quantity and quality of your tears will be performed as needed.
The treatment our office prescribes for your dry eye will be determined by the severity of your symptoms and if any underlying conditions are present.
The overall objective of the treatment plan is to relieve your eye discomfort, minimize the dryness, and protect the health of your eyes. While artificial tears and soothing ointments work well in many situations, other approaches may be advised for more advanced or unresponsive cases of dry eye.
My treatment protocol is done in a step wise manner. We start with "homeopathic" or non-drug intervention, then move to over-the-counter eye drops and medications, then to medical treatment that may include Restasis®, CEQUA™ or Xiidra®. Additional treatment options may include new technologies to create a more comfortable environment for eyes in the future to maintain ocular health, ocular comfort and ocular clarity.