Chart Your Path Toward Comfortable Sight
Irritation, discomfort, wateriness—dry eye symptoms can significantly affect how much you enjoy your vision. And while over-the-counter eye drops can provide temporary relief, it might only be a matter of time until you start experiencing eye discomfort again.
By taking an in-depth look at your eye health, our doctors can curate a management strategy to help alleviate your symptoms and set you back to comfortable vision. Book an appointment with us today, and we can handle the rest.Book Appointment
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that can develop when your eyes have difficulty maintaining a stable tear film. Your tear film is made of 3 unique layers that support your eye comfort. But, you can experience several uncomfortable symptoms if your tear film lacks any of these components.
Evaporative dry eye syndrome occurs when your tear film lacks the oil content needed to seal your tear film, and aqueous tear deficiency occurs when your tear film lacks water to keep your eyes hydrated. Evaporative dry eye is the most common form of dry eye, with meibomian gland dysfunction being a leading cause of the condition.
Symptoms & Causes
Some of the most common dry eye symptoms include:
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Eye strain
- Difficulty wearing contacts
Your risk of developing dry eyes can increase with:
- Health conditions like:
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Medications like:
- Birth control
- Windy, smoky, or dry environments
Diagnosing Dry Eyes
To diagnose dry eye syndrome, we need to examine your tear film and the structures that support it. We’ll use a few techniques to get a clear picture of your eye comfort, including meibography and the Firefly slit lamp.
The Firefly slit lamp gives us a highly-detailed view of your eyes and can help us perform tests like measuring your tear break-up time and tear meniscus height.
Meibography examines your meibomian glands to ensure they’re healthy and producing the oils for your tear film.
Managing Your Symptoms
Once we determine what’s causing your symptoms, our mission is to curate a strategy to help address your discomfort and provide relief.
Our approach may vary depending on what is causing your symptoms. If you have relatively mild dry eyes, we may recommend eye drops to soothe your discomfort. But if your symptoms are more severe, we may recommend one of the following treatments.
Punctal plugs are a common way to help alleviate dry eyes.
During an in-office appointment, we place small plugs into your tear ducts, the part of your eye where your tears drain. Plugging the puncta helps prevent your tears from draining too quickly, keeping your eyes hydrated for longer.
Restasis Eye Drops
Restasis eye drops are a prescription medication that can address more severe dry eye symptoms. Restasis eye drops help manage symptoms by supporting tear production and lowering inflammation.