More than 100 million people worldwide suffer from painful and persistent dry eye symptoms. Most experts agree that near-work – computers, smartphones, video games – is likely to blame for the increase in dry eyes. These activities interfere with the frequency with which you blink and can lead to fewer “quality” blinks. (When you don’t have enough quality blinks, you don’t have enough natural tears, which leads to dry eye symptoms.)
How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eye?
Common symptoms of dry eye can include dryness, grittiness, irritation, soreness, burning, and eye fatigue. Since those symptoms are also commonly associated with allergies and infections, it’s important to see an eye care expert to help you determine if what you’re experiencing is actually dry eye.
How Do I Treat Dry Eye?
You’ll find many over-the-counter, homemade, and self-treatment options for dry eyes online. However, depending on the cause and extent of your condition, the best way to treat it will vary a great deal. To be safe and certain, we recommend you take the guesswork and risk out of dry eye treatments, and let our experts help you make an informed decision instead.
Our Dry Eye Treatments Include:
Serum tears are made from a small sample of your own DNA to fit your unique biology. The sterile, preservative-free solution acts as a tear substitute, and contains many important growth factors and nutrients normally found in healthy tears. Because of the design, this solution does not burn, tingle, or itch when used.
Eyelid expression is an in-office procedure that opens the glands and stimulates new tear production in your eyes.
Punctal plugs keep your natural tears on your eyes longer by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain. The tear ducts are filled with tiny silicone or gel-like plugs that can be removed, if needed, keeping your eyes moist instead of dry.
Prescription Eye Drops
While many over-the-counter artificial tears will help to temporarily lubricate and soothe dry eyes, they do not resolve the root cause. Your doctor may prescribe an eyedrop that works to improve the production and quality of your tears instead.
Scleral lenses are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses that cover the entire cornea as well as the sclera (the “white of the eye”). They serve as an alternative to regular contact lenses, and are appropriate for patients with irregularly-shaped corneas or severe dry eye. Scleral lenses also offer people suffering from severe dry eye a comfortable solution to their vision problems. Full scleral lenses are designed to maintain a wide gap between the back surface of the lens and the cornea, creating a tear reservoir that keeps the front of the eye moist.