Dry eye syndrome can be a constant source of irritation that affects your every waking minute, but the expert optometrists at Insight Eye Care in Williamsville and Lockport, New York, have a range of treatments to relieve your dry eye symptoms. For the latest scientific and technological solutions to the misery of dry eye, call Insight Eye Care today or book an appointment online.
If you have dry eye, it means you aren’t producing enough tears to keep your eyes healthy and lubricated. Tears are vital to the health of your eyes, helping to clear foreign matter from the eyes, prevent infection, and keep the eyes clear. Without sufficient lubrication, the surface of the eye becomes drier, and vision can suffer.
Normally, any excess tears drain away through ducts in the inner corner of your eyelids, and from there into the back of your nose. Dry eye indicates an imbalance between tear production and drainage. This could be due to:
Glands in your eyelids produce tears, but tear production can slow down as a result of the aging process, certain medical conditions, some medications, and dry, windy weather.
Some people produce poor-quality tears that are deficient in either the oil, water, or mucus layers that make up tears. This means tears may evaporate too quickly or not spread evenly over the eyeball, causing symptoms of dry eye.
Dry eye is a common condition that often turns chronic, especially in older people.
Symptoms of dry eye include:
If dry eye is left untreated, it can damage the cornea and affect your vision.
Your optometrist at Insight Eye Care can help keep your eyes healthy and reduce discomfort with a selection of treatments.
The initial approach is to use eyedrops that replace the natural tears, or increase tear production with prescription eyedrops.
Your optometrist also treats any inflammation of the eyelid or the surface of the eye using:
Several other options aim to provide long-term relief. You could undergo surgery to close the tear ducts so the tears you have stay in your eyes longer, or block the tear ducts with removable plugs made of silicone or gel.
Insight Eye Care also offers innovative treatments for dry eye such as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy and amniotic membrane grafts.
If you have symptoms of dry eye, improve your comfort and prevent further damage by scheduling a consultation with your optometrist at Insight Eye Care. Call now, or use the online booking tool.