Dry eyes can be a condition that’s either temporary or long term, but regardless of how long you have to deal with it; it’s uncomfortable. You’ll want to talk to your doctor as soon as possible so that you can start treating your eyes and hopefully get back to living your life quickly. This article will explain everything you need to know about dry eyes and the best treatment for it.
What Causes Dry Eyes
Dry eyes are a condition that occurs when your tears are unable to adequately lubricate your eyes. It can be caused by either a lack of tears or a poor quality of tears produced. The result of these lacking tears is inflammation and damage to the surface of the eye. Dry eyes can feel uncomfortable, sting, burn, feel sandy and gritty, cause fluctuation in vision and may even cause eyes to be quite red.
There are a number of treatment options that your doctor may recommend to deal with dry eyes, depending on the severity.
Over-The-counter (OTC) Medication
This largely refers to OTC eye drops. These act as artificial tears that will lubricate the surface of the eye whenever it is applied. Dr Michael Lange recommends buying preservative free artificial tears when purchasing otc.
Your doctor may also prescribe a number of prescription medications. Often this will target the inflammation of the eyelids, which in turn allows for natural oils into the tears to help better lubricate your eyes. These prescription dry eye medications can be expensive and are also often times covered by your insurance.
These are usually suggested when topical medication and artificial tears don’t work out. Lacrisert is the most common of these and it is inserted into the eye to help relieve moderate to severe dry eyes. It is very simple to use by pulling lower lid out and inserting it into the lower eye lid pocket.
In addition to medication and inserts, there are a number of other procedures your doctor may use. This included methods like closing tear ducts so that tears remain in the eyes longer as they cannot drain. Scleral contact lenses may also be fitted help retain moisture in moderate to extreme dry eyes.
Your doctor may also recommend a combination of 4 different techniques. It starts with heating the lids, cleaning the lids, lubricating the eyes, and proper nutrition like Fortifeye
After a few months if patient hasn’t gotten the relief they are looking for, the patient returns and punctal plugs are placed into their drainage ducts. Then if still dry a procedure called Ilux that warms up the lid margins and expresses them works quite well in the treatment of dry eyes. Finally for really dry eyes your doctor may use stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes called Prokera to help their dry eye.
Nutrition and Natural Treatment
There are also natural treatment options that your doctor may recommend. A warm wet cloth or the Bruder Mask can be held over the eyes to help ease the dry eye symptoms. Nutrition and supplements are also a powerful aid. Supplements like Fortifeye Advanced Dry Eye Therapy that have a combination of Triglyceride form Omega 3 fish oil , Black Currant Oil, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Astaxanthin have been recommended by eye doctors all over the world for their dry eye patients.
While dry eyes can be very irritating and quite painful, it is a condition that can be treated by optometrists and ophthalmologists. There are plenty of treatment options including medication, eye inserts, natural treatment options like nutrition and even advanced procedures when necessary.
If you want to ensure a high quality of treatment, then you need a doctor with an equally high level of expertise. Dr Michael Lange is one of the most qualified professionals in central Florida. With the right combination of experience and expertise, his practice is sure to get you the treatment you need right away.