How to Treat Dry Eyes
If your eyes are red and feel dry and irritated on a regular basis, it may be due to dry eyes, formally known as keratitis sicca. At NationWide Vision we help patients become well informed about their eyes issues and treatment options, and dry eyes are among the most common issues our patients deal with.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
There are a number of reasons a person can develop dry eyes. If you’re experiencing the effects of a dysfunctional tear-flow system, it may be because of:
- Eyelids that don’t close properly
- Diseases that affect the ability to produce tears
- Certain medications
Dry Eyes Treatment
There is no guaranteed cure for dry eyes, but there are solutions you can incorporate into your daily routine, such as:
- Artificial teardrops or ointments: This is the most effective solution for dry eyes because it helps keep the eye well-lubricated.
- Restasis: A prescription eye drop that helps stimulate your body’s ability to produce tears.
- Lipiflow: A device that uses heat and pressure to relieve blocked oil glands, which are responsible for supporting the tear film.
- Non-dissolving punctual plugs: Plugs are placed near the drainage system of the eye to stop tears from escaping, thus increasing the tear level.
- Supplements and medications: Steroid eye drops and fish oil may also help with dry eye symptoms.
Dry Eye Syndrome
When the eye doesn’t produce quality tears, it’s difficult to remove particles and effectively lubricate the eye. If this is an ongoing issue, it’s referred to as chronic dry eyes, and the symptoms commonly seen include dryness, irritation, redness, and sometimes patients may feel as if there is something in the eye, also known as “foreign body sensation.”
Why is tear lubrication important? The eye needs tears to create a proper film for the surface of the eye because it removes debris and uses enzymes to neutralize microorganisms. To treat chronic dry eyes, your eye doctor will need to find out whether the cause is:
- Lacrimal or associated glands near the eye that aren’t stimulating enough tear production
- The meibomain glands are reducing oil output.
Best Contacts For Dry Eyes
Do your contacts make your eyes feel dry? That’s a common complaint amongst patients, but there is good news for contact wearers. There are a number of lenses and eye care products that can help alleviate dryness, irritation, and redness, such as:
- Silicone hydrogel contact lenses
- Soft contact lenses
- Daily disposable contact lenses
Contact NationWide Vision For More Information
Patients with dry eyes will struggle daily unless they seek the appropriate care. Please contact Nationwide Vision for more information pertaining to dry eye treatment options. Optimal eye health depends on proper tear film. Call 1-800-EYECARE to schedule an appointment today!