DRY EYE SINDROME
Dry eye syndrome affects more than 30 million Americans. It occurs when your tear glands produce either an inadequate amount or an insufficient quality of tear film. These complications can cause tear evaporation and considerable discomfort.
As dysfunctional tear syndrome, can be caused by a broad range of factors, including pollution, dry climate, allergies, certain medications, age and auto-immune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a chronic and typically progressive condition.
Some of the most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:
- Blurry or double vision, particularly in the morning or evening
- Increased irritation from allergens and smoke
- Difficulty with contact lenses
- Eye fatigue
- Light sensitivity
- Feeling as though something is in your eye
- Burning sensation in the eyes
- Soreness in the eyes
- Scratchy, gritty feeling eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Artificial Tears: For mild cases of dry eyes, artificial tears or other lubricating eye drops are often the firs Save & Exit t step toward relief. Eye drops come in a variety of ingredients and viscosity (thickness). Dr. Kirk will explain which option is best for you.
- Gels and Ointments: Similar to artificial tears, gels and ointments are recommended by Dr. Kirk to help lubricate and soothe your uncomfortable eyes.
- Tear Duct Plugs: Also called punctal plugs, a tear duct plug is a small device that is inserted into the inner corners of your eyelids, preventing tears from draining away from the eye.
- Restasis: This prescription eye drop lubricates the eye’s surface while also reducing inflammation. It helps your body produce natural tears, keeping our eyes healthy, moist and comfortable.
- Steroid Eye Drops: These eye drops are often used in conjunction with artificial tears and Restasis to manage inflammation issues. These are typically used as short-term treatments to compliment long-term solutions.