Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness, and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have an improper balance of water, mucus or oil.
Patients with this condition often experience irritating symptoms and can suffer from more serious vision damage if this condition is left untreated. It is important for patients with this condition to take special care of their eyes in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Your doctor can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eye and tear production through careful slit lamp exam. Also other tests including Fluorescein or other tear dyes, and sometimes a Schirmer test or even osmolarity determination may be performed.
People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. Dry eye tends to affect women more often than men, as the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, menopause and with the effects of oral contraceptives can affect the consistency of tears. It is also more common in people over the age of 50. Other causes may include:
These factors can affect the frequency or consistency of tears, both of which can lead to dry eyes. Our natural tears require a certain chemical balance in order to effectively moisturize the eyes.
Patients with dry eye may experience certain symptoms from this condition, usually affecting both eyes, which may include:
In addition to being uncomfortable, dry eye can damage eye tissue, scar the cornea and impair vision. Fortunately, many treatment options are available to help relieve symptoms and restore health back to the eyes to ensure clear vision and long-term health.
Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates are Chester County's recognized experts on dry eye and related conditions; contact them at either their Thorndale or Berwyn eye care office today for more information and treatment options.
Treatment for dry eye depends on the cause and severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s overall health and personal preference. Non-surgical treatments are often effective and may include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment. Prescription eye drops, known as Restasis, are also available to increase tear production and reduce inflammation.
Another common and very successful approach to inadequate tear volume is the use of punctal plugs. Small punctual plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed. Eyelid surgery is also a solution if an eyelid condition is causing your dry eyes. Treating the underlying cause of dry eyes can also help relieve the symptoms of this condition. The doctor will work with each individual to develop a plan that works best for that person.
Treating the precise cause of the underlying problem producing dry eyes is the best way to help relieve the annoying systems of these chronic conditions. We offer a powerful and unique answer to the nagging problem of poor oil production from this lids of many dry eyes suffers IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). This painless, in office treatment to the face and eyelids, can turn around the stubborn problem at the root of many dry eye patients' disease, namely Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Insufficiency of oil from these eyelid glands leads to poor quality, easily evaporated tears. IPL can over the course of several treatments rejuvenate these glands.
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LipiFlow is an FDA-approved method for the treatment of dry eye, offered at Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, P.C. and at Eye Doctors of Chester County, P.C. LipiFlow is used to address dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), treating symptoms at the source. MGD occurs when the meibomian glands become blocked over time and are no longer able to produce the oils needed for healthy tears and well-lubricated eyes.
The LipiFlow system applies gentle massaging and heat to the eye to the affected glands, which effectively removes the blockages and promotes healthy oil production. In most cases, LipiFlow provides effective symptom relief for Dry Eye Syndrome.
Check out this LipiFlow testimonial from one of our Berwyn patients!
There are certain steps patients can take to prevent the symptoms of dry eye from occurring, which are especially useful for those at an increased risk of developing these symptoms. Simple life modifications such as keeping a humidifier at home or at work, wearing glasses on windy days, giving your eyes a break during reading or other strenuous tasks and avoiding smoking can all effectively reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.
Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions as to how you can specifically avoid symptoms based on your individual condition.
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