Dry Eye Treatment
WHAT IS DRY EYE SYNDROME?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that results if the eyes do not produce enough tears to keep them properly lubricated. As a result of not having enough moisture, the eyes can feel dry, scratchy, and irritated. Other symptoms can include a stinging or burning sensation or the sense that something is stuck in the eye.
Millions of people are affected by dry eye syndrome. Sometimes symptoms may disappear quickly, but in other cases symptoms may persist for longer periods of time. People with long-lasting symptoms should contact an eye doctor right away in order to have the condition diagnosed and the proper treatment administered.
Contact our practice for more information on the treatment of dry eye syndrome in the Sugar Land of Bay Town region.
WHAT CAUSES DRY EYES?
The causes of dry eyes vary and it can sometimes be difficult to determine the source of the problem. Typically allergies or sensitivities to pollens, pet dander, dust mites, or the perfumes and scents used in many products are the culprits. One way to determine the cause of dry eyes is to reduce or eliminate potential allergens and take careful note of what triggers the symptoms. While there are many over the counter medications and eye drops that can be used to combat dry eyes, your ophthalmologist will be able to provide you with a personalized approach to your problem and offer an individualized solution.
DO EYE DROPS HELP?
Yes, eye drops are often the only treatment that is necessary to alleviate the symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome. However, there are many different types of eye drops and it is important to choose a formula that contains artificial tears rather than one that just eliminates redness. Doctors at each Laser Eye Center location can determine the cause of your symptoms and select the eye drops that they believe will most effectively meet your needs.
What other treatments are available?
Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that treatments may be unable to cure. But the symptoms of dry eye – including dryness, scratchiness and burning – can usually be successfully managed.
If eye drops alone are not enough to eliminate dry eye symptoms, then medications may be prescribed to treat the condition by increasing the production of tears. In some cases, a procedure known as punctal occlusion is performed to close one of the outlets through which tears drain away to help keep the eyes moist and lubricated. For more information on this condition, contact our practice today for a free consultation.