Dry eye is a common eye condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to insufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, causing discomfort and potential damage to the ocular surface.
Our specialized tests focus on the eye's surface, including the use of yellow or green dye to identify areas damaged by inflammation. We also measure tear production levels which provide valuable insights into the extent of dryness.
Are certain people more prone to dry eye disease?
Those working in air-conditioned or dry heating environments may be more susceptible to dry eye. Prolonged computer use, smoking, previous eye surgeries, and certain medications increase risk. Women, due to hormonal changes and menopause, are more prone to dry eye.
What can I do to help prevent dry eye disease?
It is recommended to take breaks often when working on a computer or reading. Using a humidifier indoors adds moisture to the air which can provide relief. Finally, sunglasses outdoors will protect from sun, wind and dust.
Can I wear contact lenses if I have dry eye disease?
Dryness often makes patients hesitant to wear contact lenses. However, with effective management of dryness and controlled inflammation, many individuals can comfortably continue using contact lenses.
How we can help
Various treatment options are available, starting with over-the-counter artificial tears. Prescription drops, such as mild steroids or Restasis, may be recommended to reduce inflammation or boost the natural production of tears. Punctal plugs, inserted into the eyelid drainage canals, help retain more of your own tears.
While over-the-counter artificial tears offer temporary relief for mild symptoms, more aggressive treatment is often necessary to reduce inflammation. Your doctor can assess the dryness level and recommend a personalized plan of care, including the selection of the most suitable artificial tears. Since individual needs vary, your doctor will determine the optimal treatment and management plan for your specific condition.