Dry eye syndrome (DES), often referred to as dry eyes, is an unfortunately common occurrence that affects many individuals. EyeCare Niagara can help by diagnosing the underlying issue and treating the cause, ensuring effective relief that lasts.
Do You Suffer From Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when your tear film does not sufficiently moisturize the surface of your eyes. There are two root causes: poor tear quality and inadequate tear volume.
- Burning sensation or irritation
- Overly watery eyes
- Tired or fatigued eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Feeling as though something is in your eye
If you are consistently experiencing any of the symptoms above, you may have dry eye syndrome. Rather than constantly dealing with the irritation and distraction of uncomfortable eyes, come to EyeCare Niagara for genuine relief.
Although dry eye syndrome is not always curable, there are many different treatments and therapies available to help with symptomatic relief. The following are only a few of the treatments we offer.
Supplemental tear drops can help if you have a mild case of dry eye syndrome, or if you only suffer from dryness when certain environmental triggers are present. Artificial tears supply the necessary lubricants to ensure that your eyes are well moisturized and relieved of irritation.
Prescription eye drops, such as Restasis, can help by stimulating your eyes to create tears.
Another option is to have a small lubricant-releasing insert installed under the lid of your eye. This insert slowly releases lubrication as you wear it, preventing the need for continual application of drops.
If you are suffering from a more severe case of DES, punctal plugs may help; these tiny plugs are inserted into the ducts in your eyelids by your optometrist to slow the drainage of your tears. By retaining your tears, your eyes can better maintain moisture and remain comfortable.
If your dry eyes are caused by blockage of your meibomian glands – the glands responsible for producing the oily component of your tears – there are a variety of treatments and therapies that can be utilized to clear this blockage.
If you would like to talk to your optometrist about dry eye relief, you can book your appointment here.