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Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when your tear ducts are not able to provide sufficient lubrication for the ocular surface. This can happen for a multitude of reasons, such as the eye not producing enough tears, producing poor quality of tears or from increased tear evaporation.
How do you know if you have dry eye? The most common symptoms include blurry vision, tearing, a burning sensation or the feeling that you have sand or grit in your eye. Other symptoms include eye redness, stringy mucus in the eye or around the eyes, sensitivity to light and difficulty wearing contact lenses. Symptoms can be occasional, but in some cases symptoms can persist for a longer period of time, making this a chronic issue.
For some people, regular lubrication with over the counter eye drops such as artificial tears is enough to help with mild dry eye symptoms. For symptoms that are persistent and more serious, treatments can be employed that focus on reversing or managing the condition that causes the dry eye. This can include stopping a medication known to cause dry eye or treating a condition, such as meibomian gland dysfunction, with warm compresses and/or ophthalmic antibiotic ointments. Restasis, another treatment for dry eye, is a prescription eye drop that is specifically designed to treat dry eye. It helps to treat dry eye by producing more qualitative tears and by reducing inflammation associated with dry eye.
Another form of treatment is punctal occlusion. This can be done partially or completely and involves closing your tear ducts which serve as a drainage system for your tears. The tear ducts can be plugged with tiny silicone plugs that are removable. Punctal occlusion prevents tears from draining allowing more tears to coat the surface of the eye and thereby decreasing symptoms of dry eye. These treatments can be used alone or combined to help alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, dry eye is a chronic condition that cannot be cured but can be effectively treated with different treatment options.
If you’re interested in seeing if you’re eligible for this relieving treatment, schedule an appointment
at Rochester Eye Associates today.