Dry eye is a very common eye disorder which occurs when the eye doesn’t produce enough tears. It can also occur when the quality of the tears that are produced does not help keep the eye healthy and comfortable. Virtually everybody is susceptible to dry eye.
Millions of people worldwide are affected by dry eye. The symptoms can vary per person, with the most common being irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light. Dry eyes can cause a gritty, sandy sensation with burning, stinging, or itching as well.
Cause of Dry Eyes
There are many causes of dry eye in patients, the most common being age, gender (woman are more susceptible than man), some medications, contact lens use, LASIK, and computer usage.
Treatment for Dry Eyes
The most common treatment for dry eyes is usually lubrication with artificial tears.
Eye doctors also often recommend temporary closure of the tear drainage system to increase the volume of the tear film. This closure is accomplished with a small plug that fits comfortably into the tear drainage system. The procedure itself is a quick and painless office procedure.
Dry Eye Center of Excellence
Bausch Eye Associates are proud to announce the opening of our “Dry Eye Center of Excellence.” This in-office clinic will provide comprehensive evaluation, education, and treatment of Dry Eye Disease. Patients will complete a symptomatic survey to “grade” the severity of their symptoms. Multiple clinical evaluations will include corneal surface mapping, baseline tear production, reflex tear production, lid anatomy evaluation, tear evaporation measurements, tear thickness evaluation, and ocular surface evaluation.
Treatment modalities will depend on the severity of the Dry Eye condition. This could be as simple as lifestyle changes, nutritional counseling, and over-the-counter artificial tears. A more significant disease may be treated with prescription eye drops, prescription oral medications, lid treatments, insertion of punctal plugs, use of bandage contact lenses including amniotic membrane lenses, and even the use of the Tru-Tear nasal stimulator.