Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome can occur any age, but the syndrome is most prevalent in women, particularly after the onset of menopause. Dry eyes are also commonly experienced in patients who have recently has laser eye surgery, especially Lasik. This is a natural side effect of the procedure and will subside with time. 

Symptoms Include:

  • A gritty sensation
  • Stinging
  • Blurred vision
  • Scratchy or red eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes, the body’s attempt to compensate

Tips For Dry Eyes:

  • Protect eyes from direct wind or air conditioning
  • Avoid cigarette smoke and similar smoke 
  • Rest your eyes from screens and reading
  • Blink as often as possible

Dry eye syndrome signifies a decreased production of tears from the small tear glands that produce a moisturizing and lubricating secretion. In a normal eye, approximately 400 drops of tears are produced by these small tear glands every single day. The natural aging process reduces the level of tear production. An average 18 year old has approximately 60 percent more tear production than an average 65-year old. Pregnancy, arthritis, Vitamin A deficiency, contact lenses, environmental issues and certain medications have also been known to cause dry eye.

Dry Eye Treatment

Artificial tears are the most common initial treatment method for dry eye syndrome. While a wide range of artificial tears are available over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications such as steroids and Restasis®. Other treatments include a change in diet to increase your intake of fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Dry eye treatment is a stepped process. If artificial tears and anti-inflammatory medications do not control this chronic condition, Yaldo eye center can insert collagen plugs that treat dry eyes by preventing the tears that your eye naturally produces from draining. A collagen plug, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted into the tear drainage canals of your lower eyelids. There is no pain or discomfort and no anesthesia is required. After seven to ten days, the collagen plugs dissolve. This procedure is performed right at Yaldo Eye Center’s on-site outpatient surgical facility.

If you are troubled with dry eye syndrome, our board-certified ophthalmologists at Yaldo Eye Center can help you manage or cure this common eye problem. Dry eyes can also be a side effect of a Michigan lasik eye surgery procedure. Make sure to discuss with your ophthalmologist, any history of laser eye surgery.

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