What is “dry eye?”
The tears your eyes normally produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce tears which do not have the proper chemical composition.
What causes “dry eye?”
Dry eye symptoms can result from the normal aging process, hormonal changes, exposure to environmental conditions, problems with normal blinking or from medications such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives or antidepressants, and lack of nutrition. Dry eye can also be symptomatic of general health problems, or other diseases or can result from chemical or thermal burns to the eye.
What are signs/symptoms of “dry eye?”
The common sign/symptoms include stinging, itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable eyes; and sometimes having a burning feeling or a feeling of something foreign within the eye. You may experience increased dry eye symptoms on awakening. Some people experience an overly wet eye as reflex tearing results “crying tears.” This is a natural reflex to comfort a dry eye.
How is “dry eye” diagnosed?
During the examination, questions about your general health, your use of medications and your home and work environments will be asked to determine any factors which may be causing dry eye symptoms. This information will help your doctor decide whether to perform dry eye tests. These tests use diagnostic instruments, which allow a highly magnified view of your eyes and sometimes use special dyes. Your doctor will evaluate the quality, the amount and the distribution of tears to detect signs of dry eyes.
Our Dry Eye Treatment System
After a thorough case history, analysis of your dry eye symptoms, thorough examination of your ocular surface, and diagnosis of the type of dry eye you are suffering from a treatment program will be assigned to you. This may include a combination of at home therapies, over the counter medications, prescription medications, nutritional supplements, and more. A schedule of follow-up care will be assigned to monitor your progress.