Dry Eye Management

Dry Eye Disease is a common condition affecting people of all ages. It occurs when there is reduced volume or quality of tears required to keep the surface of the eye sufficiently lubricated. This is a chronic and progressive disease which requires proper diagnosis and management.

Symptoms may include

  • Dryness

  • Blurred Vision

  • Watering/Tearing

  • Itchiness/Grittiness

  • Redness

  • Irritation

 

Causes

  • MGD (dysfunction or obstruction of oil glands) - this is responsible for at least 60% of Dry Eye cases

  • Age

  • Environmental factors (hot, air conditioning, windy)

  • Medication side effects (HRT, antihistamines, antidepressants, anxiolytics)

  • Hormonal changes

  • Increased use of phone/tablet

  • Poor diet/dehydration

 

Treatment

  • Treatment of underlying MGD 

  • Control environmental factors

  • Supportive lubricants

  • Appropriate Tear Substitutes

  • Improved blinking patterns

If you feel you suffer with dry eye or would like additional or more detailed information, please call in or make an appointment and we can evaluate your dry eye condition and make the appropriate recommendations regarding treatment options.