Dry Eyes

Dry eye is one of the most of the most prevalent eye conditions. When our eyes are not properly moisturized, it can lead to redness, burning and itchiness. This occurs when the tear ducts are not producing enough moisture or if there is a chemical imbalance in the tears. 

Causes 

  • Medication (antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, blood pressure medicine) 
  • Smoking or secondhand smoke exposure 
  • Eye-related surgery 
  • Certain medical conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid problems) 
  • Conjunctivitis 
  • Dry climates 
  • Sun and wind exposure 
  • Long-term contact lens use 

Treatment 

Treating dry eyes depends on not only what is causing the condition, but how severe it is, the patient’s health and personal preference. Non-surgical treatments include: 

  • Artificial tears or moisturizing ointment 
  • Adjusting your indoor humidity levels higher 
  • Ceasing certain medications, if appropriate 
  • Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke 
  • Adjusting your diet by adding omega-3 fatty acids (in food or supplement form) 
  • Prescription eye medication 
​When non-surgical methods don’t work, a surgical treatment may be an option. Contact us today and we can help devise the best solution for you.

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