Medical Treatment for Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome can be treated a number of ways based on the type of dry eye you are experiencing. Our goal is to improve our patients’ vision and comfort while limiting medication use, expenses, and unnecessary steps in treatment.

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Description & Process

› What is dry eye syndrome? Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition that causes stinging or burning when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication. Inadequate tear film can be the result of a lack of the watery component of tears (as in patients post LASIK or during chemotherapy), but more often is the result of poor lipid or oil content in tears. Without proper lipid content, watery tears evaporate into the room and leave the eye dry, stinging and blurry.

› What causes dry eye syndrome? Dry eye syndrome occurs if you don’t produce enough tears or if you don’t produce high-quality tears. Symptoms can get worse with frequent smartphone or computer use.

› How is dry eye syndrome treated? Dry eye syndrome can be treated a number of ways based on the type of dry eye you are experiencing. Topical medications (eyedrops) can be used as well as several biologic medications. At Caledonia Vision, our goal is to improve your vision and comfort while limiting medication use, expenses and unnecessary steps in treatment. Often mild to moderate dry eye can be managed with a regimen of nutritional supplements and eye care products recommended for you by your eye doctor. If prescriptions are needed either for short term or long term treatment, our doctors will discuss the options available to enhance the effect of the drop such as punctal plugs, or concurrent treatment with specialty contact lenses designed to improve dry eye.

› What treatments are commonly used at Caledonia Vision? Each patient’s treatment is tailored to their specific type of dry eye, and may include: -Nutritional supplements including triglyceride form fish oil -Eyelid hygiene cleansers including those that treat Demodex mites -Moist-heat compresses (Bruder Mask) available in office -Rx medications (Restasis and Xiidra) -Oral or topical medications to treat underlying or concurrent problems (allergy, infection) -Amniotic membrane tissue transplant -Autologous Serum eye drops (Vital Tears) -Punctal occlusion, permanent or temporary including long-term temporary plugs -Scleral lenses which provide a fluid reservoir to the cornea

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