How many times a day do you think of your eyes? If your eyes are dry it might be all the time. Dry eye can seem like a life sentence of frustration and irritation. It shouldn’t be that way! Thankfully, the optometrists at Stonebridge Eyecare have a number of ways to alleviate the symptoms of this condition. With your help, we will build a plan for you, based on your needs and lifestyle.
Dry eye is a combination of symptoms that arise from your eyes not getting enough moisture. Your eyes rely on your tear glands to provide hydration for cleanliness, lubrication, and proper vision. Without enough quantity or poor quality of tears, eyes feel irritated, red, itchy, or even as though there is grit under your lids.
There are two reasons you may experience dry eye:
Your tear glands are designed to produce enough hydration for your eyes to feel lubricated, and to keep them clean. If you tears glands fall behind your eyes will feel dry. Even fewer tears create more irritation, as though there is sand or dirt underneath your eyelids.
Your natural tears are made up of more than water, they include a special oil called meibum. Your eyes rely on a sufficient amount of meibum in your tears to keep them from evaporating too fast. If there is insufficient meibum your eyes become dry and irritated.
The most obvious symptom is actually dry eyes, however, there are a number of other indications of dry eye disease.
Over time, dry eye can do more than just frustrate. This condition is hard on the corneas and mucous membranes of your eyes. Left untreated, dry eye disease may do permanent damage such as scars, perforation, and corneal ulcers.
The best strategy for dry eye disease is a management plan, created by you and your optometrist.
Relief may come from a combination of treatments that best suit your eyes and your particular case of dry eye disease. The doctors at Stonebridge are proud to provide an array of solutions for short and long-term help.
When dry eye is due to excessive draining, punctal plugs can offer a simple solution. By inserting these rice-sized plugs directly into the tear ducts, blocking the amount of moisture that is lost. They come in temporary plugs that eventually dissolve and semi-permanent plugs which last for much longer before being replaced.
Eye drops are more than just hydration. Thy mimic the natural tears your tear glands create while stimulating the natural tear production of your eyes. In an instant, your eyes feel lubricated and relieved and can provide a long-term solution. Restasis and other medicated eye drops require a prescription.
If your eyes are dry because of a lack of meibum in your tears, this treatment might be an effective solution for your condition. Our doctors use meibomian gland expression to encourage your meibum glands to produce more of this oil. By applying pressure to the glands it forces any dirt or thick mucous to release from the pathway of secretions.
After this procedure, you may experience some stinging or mild pain, so eye irrigation and a topical ointment are suggested.
BlephEx is a doctor facilitated procedure to clean your eyelids. This gives your eyes back their healthiest state for tear production, meibomian gland function, and ocular hygiene. This treatment is also effective for treating blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelids. BlephEx is completely painless and only takes a few minutes to perform.
Gland debridement is akin to dental scaling. An optometrist cleans your eyelids and meibomian glands to get rid of any gunk or dead tissue that may be impeding performance. This allows your tears to be at their optimal oil level and composition.
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