Dealing with Dry Eye
Dry eye may not sound like a serious medical issue but it can certainly cause discomfort, pain, and frustration for those who are suffering from it. Your tears aren’t just important to be able to cry, they help to lubricate, cleanse, and protect your eyes. We’ll go over the basics of dry eye including the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
What causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by a variety of issues. Everyone’s tear production drops as we age, this is particularly true of women after menopause. Other than aging, medications can also cause dry eye. Some of these medications include antihistamines, diuretics, beta-blockers, sleeping pills, nerve medications, and pain relievers.
Dry eye generally is caused by one of these (or a combination of) three problems:
- Lack of saline water
- Dysfunctional Meibomian oil glands
- Inflammation of the glands that make the saline water and oil
What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?
These are the typical symptoms of someone with dry eye:
- Stinging or burning eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Excessive eye irritation in windy or smoky conditions
- Scratchiness on the eyes
- Discomfort wearing contact lenses
What treatment options does California Retina Associates offer?
We offer a variety of treatment options that can be discussed during a consultation with us.
- Artificial Tears and Ointments are a good temporary treatment to lubricate the eyes.
- Lipiflow: LipiFlow is a thermal pulsation system used for treating evaporative dry eye that is caused by poor tear quality. LipiFlow improves the quality of a patient’s tears and alleviates dry eye by applying controlled heat to the inner eyelids to open blocked Meibomian glands.
- Restasis/Xidra: are eye drop medications that can help reduce the symptoms of dry eye.
- Amniotic Membrane: An amniotic membrane, the inner layer of the fetal membrane, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-angiogenic, and anti-microbial properties. It is used for severe cases of dry eye that don’t respond to other treatment options. Amniotic membrane placement is not used for patients with mild dry eye who do not have corneal changes.
- Punctal Plugs helps to block the drainage system so your tears don’t drain fast.
If you’re suffering from dry eye and would like to discuss your treatment options with us schedule an appointment here.