What is dry eye and the treatment for it?

It is estimated that over 30 million people suffer from dry eye. Dry eyes can be caused by a number of factors ranging from medications, like antihistamines and antidepressants, to existing medical conditions such as arthritis and menopause. In some cases, poor or reduced tear quality has no specific cause and is simply due to the natural aging process. Working on a computer all day is another major contributor to dry eye disease. Symptoms of dry eye can range from

  • Excessive tearing
  • Itchy sensations
  • Redness, and burning
  • Gritty or sandy feelings
  • Blurry vision or difficulty with night vision

While it can seem confusing extremely watery eyes are your eyes way of telling you there may be an underlying issue. You do not have to suffer through your dry eye symptoms. Dry eye complaints can be assessed and diagnosed through special eye testing by our eye doctor.

Treatment for your dry eye symptoms range in a variety of options. Many cases can be managed successfully through the usage of artificial tears. Some people also benefit from using daily supplements specifically designed to assist your eyes. For a more relaxing treatment, patients opt for using a warmed eye mask. Alternatively, prescription products are applied to the eye, or a more advanced in-office treatment consists of pain-free punctal plugs that conserve tears.

Even more relief from dry eyes is now available with our in office therapeutic mibo thermoflo treatments. A specialized warming plate applies consistent heat to the eyelids helping to improve function and flow of tears across the surface of the eye. Call to schedule your free trial today!