Dry eye occurs when the eyes are not sufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts do not produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries.
Dry eye is not only painful, but it can also damage the eye’s tissues and impair vision. Fortunately, many treatment options are available.
Non-surgical treatments for dry eye include use of artificial tears such as Oasis Tears, lubricating eye ointment, and increasing humidity at home or work. If these methods fail, a prescription for Restasis may also be prescribed by your eye physician to increase your own tear production. In addition, small punctal plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed. This is a painless procedure performed in the exam room and can be performed on the same day as your eye exam visit. Eyelid surgery is also an option if an eyelid condition is causing your dry eyes.
For more information about Dry Eye, Oasis Tears, or Punctal Plug insertion, please contact our office at 407-891-2010.