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Dry Eye Management

Find Relief for Dry, Itchy Eyes

Your eyes rely on tears for protection, lubrication, and cleanliness. When your eyes do not have sufficient moisture, they cannot function properly, you cannot see clearly, and, beyond that, they become very irritated. Without treatment, dry eye can damage your corneas, causing discomfort and visual issues.

Medical Optometry America practices offer services from highly-experienced optometrists with the necessary medical expertise to accurately diagnose and treat your unique case of dry eye.

Main Causes of Dry Eye

There are many environmental factors that can effect dry eye, most commonly being modern heating and air conditioning systems that rely on forced air. Outside the home, air pollution can definitely contribute to dry eye, but environmental factors can be even more specific than that. Patients who live in dry climates often experience higher-than-average tear evaporation rates, which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Hormones have a significant impact on tear production, which is why women who are mid or post-menopause are far more likely to experience dry eye.

Inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and blepharitis can also increase the likelihood of developing dry eye.

Your diet may also be exacerbating your dry eye symptoms. An eye nutritious diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (from foods like salmon, rainbow trout, and light tuna) plus plenty of fruits and vegetables can help reduce inflammation, offering relief from your symptoms.

Too much screen time can also contribute to dry eyes. Using digital devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones causes our eyes to blink less and as blink rates decrease, the eyes experience more tear film evaporation.

Many of the ingredients in the personal care products we use every day, including our soaps, lotions, and detergents but most notably our makeup, can have a significant impact on our dry eye signs and symptoms.

Types of Dry Eye

There are really two types of dry eye: aqueous deficient dry eye and evaporative dry eye.

With aqueous deficient dry eye, your eyes simply don’t produce a high enough volume of tears to hydrate, lubricate, and protect your eyes.

Evaporative dry eye, on the other hand, is the most common cause of dry eye. Healthy tears contain an oil called meibum, which floats on the surface of the tears to prevent them from evaporating too quickly. If the glands that produce this oil are blocked, not working properly, or don’t have the healthy oil from your diet, there’s nothing to protect your tears from evaporation. So, even though your body is producing sufficient tear volume, the tears don’t have the oily film layer they need to prevent premature evaporation.

“Treating dry eye disease is about more than ensuring your comfort. It is about protecting the ocular surface and securing lasting optical health and clear, comfortable vision.”

Symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Fluctuating, hazy, cloudy, blurry vision
  • Itching, stinging, and irritation
  • Redness
  • Foreign object sensation
  • Stringy discharge
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare and halos around lights
  • Periods of excess tears

Medical Optometry America Best Practice Treatments

  • Medicated Eye Drops
  • Lid Hygiene
  • Heated Eye Mask
  • Meibomian Gland Expression
  • Punctal Plugs
  • Corneal Bandage
  • Nutritional Supplementation
  • Intense Pulse Light Therapy
  • Referral to other medical specialists to manage underlying contributing systemic conditions when needed

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