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Diagnosis and Treatment for Dry Eye
Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from dry eye disease, a condition characterized by uncomfortable symptoms. To find lasting relief, it is important to determine the root cause of your individual case and seek appropriate treatment.
What is dry eye?
Dry eye disease is a condition in which the front surface of the eye is not properly lubricated due to insufficient quality of tears. This condition is often underdiagnosed as its symptoms can mimic those of other issues such as eye allergies. Proper production and drainage of tears are essential for maintaining clear vision, lubricating the eyes, protecting against infection, and promoting wound healing.
Symptoms of dry eye disease
People who have dry eye disease may experience some or all of the following symptoms. It’s worth noting that some people may have dry eye with only mild symptoms, while other people experience much more severe symptoms. It’s also possible for symptoms to vary over time and in response to different environmental conditions.
- Eye irritation or dryness
- A feeling of something in your eye
- Redness of the eye
- Blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Watery eyes (which may seem counterintuitive, but can occur as the eye’s response to irritation)
- Eye fatigue
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Soreness or burning in your eyes
- A gritty sensation in your eyes
Symptoms may be worsened by driving, reading, computer use, or watching TV, as you blink less often at these times. When your eyes are not properly lubricated, they are more likely to dry out and become irritated.
What causes dry eye?
The most common reason people develop dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD.
The meibomian glands are small oil glands located in the upper and lower eyelids which secrete oil that coats the surface of the eyes and prevents moisture from evaporating. Water, oil, and mucin layers make up the tear film, and this tear film is what keeps the surface of the eye healthy. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) occurs when the oil-producing meibomian glands are clogged and unable to create a healthy tear film to keep the eyes properly lubricated.
Other underlying causes of dry eye include the following:
- Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, and menopause.
- Antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants
- Certain diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid problems
- Exposure to cold, smoke, and dry climates
Treatment options for dry eye
Treatment for dry eye depends on the underlying cause of the problem, so our treatment plans are customized based on the individual’s needs. While dry eye can be a chronic condition, we prescribe treatment to help patients maintain healthy eyes, minimize dryness, and discomfort, and prevent vision from being affected.
Thermal 1-touch digital heat therapy
We provide treatment for dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction in our office. The OcuSoft Thermal 1-touch uses digital heat to gently unclog meibomian glands to release the oils necessary to restore balance to the tears so that they don’t evaporate too quickly. The device reaches a certain temperature to comfortably express the meibomian glands and enable them to release the oils. People can experience relief within days from the symptoms of evaporative dry eye disease and start feeling better.
BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compress
We recommend and sell the BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compress in our office. The patented BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compress helps clear oil glands and allows natural oils to flow back onto the eye to relieve discomfort due to meibomian gland dysfunction. The compress is easy to use and delivers effective moist heat treatment. Simply microwave for 20-25 seconds and apply for 8-10 minutes or as prescribed by your doctor.
More about BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compress
The compress helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function, and slows tear evaporation. Properly hydrated and lubricated eyes can expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Safe for frequent use
- Self-hydrating – no need to add water
- Anti-bacterial and non-allergenic
- Washable and reusable.
Get relief from dry eye
If you are suffering from the symptoms of dry eye, our expert doctors are here to help you determine the underlying causes for your dry eye and get relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for an eye and vision exam.