Dry Eye Treatment
Find relief from dry, itchy, irritated eyes.
Dry eyes affect millions of people in the United States. It is estimated that as many as 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from this uncomfortable condition.
If you need help, book an appointment with us at Eagle Eye Care. We’ll help you find a treatment option that brings you the relief you’re searching for.
What are the common symptoms of dry eye?
Everyone experiences dry eye differently because there are so many potential underlying causes.
Typical symptoms include:
- Redness or eyes that appear irritated and bloodshot
- Consistent burning or tingling sensations in the eyes
- Eyes that feel itchy or as if they have something in them
- Increased sensitivity to bright lights or sunlight
- Excessive tearing, or eyes that always appear watery
What causes dry eye?
There are many potential causes of dry eye.
In some cases, the cause is obvious, such as environmental irritants or short-term inflammation.
Some of the other causes of chronic dry eye problems include:
- Disease of the meibomian glands
- Defects that affect the eyelid or shape of the eye
- Certain medications
- Abnormal eye pressure
- Deficiency of aqueous fluids
Because the underlying causes vary, treatment methods after diagnosis will also vary according to the patient. It is also not uncommon for there to be more than one cause for dry eye.
How is dry eye diagnosed and treated?
Our Topcon CA-800 Corneal Analyzer is an easy-to-use corneal topographer that evaluates:
- The anterior corneal surface
- Eyelids and meibomian glands
- Tear meniscus quantity and quality
- Measurements for specialty contact lenses designed for dry eye disease
We can also screen for underlying conditions and dehydrating medications that cause dryness and irritation. These tools allow us to curate the appropriate treatment that is best for your exact needs.
Some of the typical treatments that we offer through our one-stop-shop include:
- Supplemental tears and vitamins for stable tear quality
- Treating oil glands with heat, compression, expression, and massage
- Blinking exercises and proper eyelid hygiene
- Temporary or permanent tear duct plugs that increase tear quantity
- Prescription eye drops to promote tear production and quality
- Specialty contact lenses which bathe the cornea in sterile saline throughout the day
Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable, but they can be bad for the health of your eyes. Dryness can lead to corneal nerve damage, permanent tissue scarring, and ultimately vision loss.
Book an appointment at Eagle Eye Care to find relief.