Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition in which the eye doesn't produce enough tears to keep the surface lubricated and comfortable.
Tears have an important function. They keep the eye moist, protect against infection, and help the eye heal minor wounds. People with dry eyes do not produce enough high quality tears or do not hold tears in their eyes long enough for sufficient lubrication.
Symptoms of dry eye include stinging or burning, a scratchy feeling, and/or excessive tearing. Some people may also experience blurry vision.
Dry Eye Treatment
For some patients, dry eye is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. However, your eye doctor can recommend several treatment options to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable:
- Artificial tears - over-the-counter eye drops to lubricate eyes
- Medicated drops - prescription eye drops to increase natural tear production
- Ophthalmic inserts - tiny cellulose beads you place in your eyelid to provide continuous lubrication
- Sterile ointments - used at night to prevent the eye from drying out
- Tear duct plugs - temporary plugs used to block the tear ducts/drains
- Tear duct closure - surgical procedure to close tear ducts
- Self-care - using a humidifier at night, wearing wraparound sunglasses, avoiding windy conditions, drinking plenty of water
If you're troubled by dry eyes, talk with one of our Eye Specialists. We can help determine whether your dry eyes are related to any medication use or underlying eyelid disease. For people starting a self-care regime, we can recommend which over-the-counter eye drops are the most effective and which are right for contact lens wearers.
To schedule an appointment, call 920-327-7000 or request an appointment online.