Dry Eye Treatment
Dry Eye Syndrome & Treatment
Dry eye is one of the most common causes of ocular discomfort, and a frequent complaint by patients when visiting their eye doctor. Dry Eye Syndrome can be caused by misbalanced tears, which are comprised of three primary components: oils, goblet cells, and the aqueous portion. These components work together to ensure that our eyes have the appropriate amount of moisture to function properly and comfortably. The lacrimal gland is responsible for most tear production, while the Meibomian gland produces the oily component. Goblet cells keep the components mixed together. Dry Eye occurs when one or several of these glands are not functioning properly, causing either insufficient tear volume or poor quality tear production.
Common causes of dry eye syndrome are inflammation of the lacrimal gland, which causes low tear volume, and inflammation the glands that exist at the margin of our eyelids, which can cause low quality tears. Other reasons for dry eye are changes in medication or hormonal changes.
If you are experiencing dry eye, it is likely that you will have one or several of the following symptoms:
- Red, dry, or scratchy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Burning sensation
- Gritty sensation
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are struggling to find relief, call us at Tenafly Eye Associates today! We have a variety of options to help you manage and treat your dry eyes.
Treatment & Help for Dry Eyes
At Tenafly Eye Associates, PA, our eye doctors will perform diagnostic testing for dry eyes and will be able to make a treatment recommendation for your individual situation. Depending on the severity and the cause of your dry eyes, we may recommend a number of different treatment options to help your dry eye problems. These treatment options may include Restasis® or Xiidra® prescription eye drops, punctal plugs, artificial tears, LipiFlow® and even dietary supplements and vitamins. If you have mild or even moderate dry eyes, the first course of treatment may only be to use unpreserved artificial tears which we will select for you in terms of salt content and viscosity.
There may also be some environmental factors that you need to alter to make you more comfortable, such as how and where you are exposed to heat ducts or fans blowing, as well as attempting to keep the areas that you spend a great deal of time in at a proper humidity level.
Restasis® & Xiidra® Eye Drops
LipiFlow® for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
For patients who have dry eye problems resulting from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or other conditions that prevent the normal secretion of a healthy tear film oily layer, we are able to help the eyelids and the surrounding tissue function better with the use of the LipiFlow®, which removes blockages of the glands and restores their function so that they provide normal oily secretions for a healthy tear film.