Dry Eye Disease
Dry eyes are a lot more than a simple irritation. Just like any other disease, chronic dry eye disease requires tailored treatment from your optometrist. We will determine the underlying cause of your dry eyes and offer a variety of treatment options to help you see clearly and comfortably. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s time to book an appointment to talk about your dry eyes.
- Burning or gritty sensation in the eyes
- Sore, red, or inflamed eyelids
- Watery eyes
- Contact lens discomfort
- Difficulty opening your eyes in the morning
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred or inconsistent vision
- Dandruff around the eyelids
Treating Dry Eye Disease
At your appointment we’ll evaluate your eyes and customize a dry eye therapy plan tailored to your specific needs. After all, not all eyes are the same and there are various underlying issues that could be causing your dry eyes. Dry eyes can be caused by insufficient tear production, poor quality tears, or issues like blepharitis. We have treatment options for all causes of dry eyes to help alleviate your symptoms.
BlephEx is a treatment option for those with dry eyes caused by blepharitis, or inflammation of the oil glands located in the eyelids. Blepharitis can cause redness, irritation, and dry eyes. Treating blepharitis with BlephEx typically takes around 10 minutes and involves removing debris from the eyelashes and eyelids to help reduce dry eye symptoms.
Xiidra is a type of eye drop prescribed by your optometrist that works by blocking a specific protein located on your body’s surface cells. This protein can cause your eyes to not produce enough tears or to produce poor quality tears that don’t keep your eyes moisturized. Because of its ability to block this protein, Xiidra can be an effective treatment for dry eye disease.
Restasis is a prescription eye drop used to treat dry eye. Unlike conventional eye drops or artificial tears, Restasis eye drops contain a prescription medicine specifically designed to treat the root causes of dry eyes. Restasis is only available from your optometrist, but after the initial prescription, it is a convenient and easy treatment you can do from home.
If your dry eyes are caused by insufficient tear production or rapid tear evaporation, punctal plugs could be a treatment option for you. Punctal plugs are tiny devices that are inserted into the tear ducts to prevent drainage. The plugs are smaller than a grain of rice and they help your tears stay on your eye longer, keeping your eyes moisturized.