Dry Eye Syndrome is a common medical condition affecting both eye health and quality of vision. Dryness occurs when there is an imbalance or lack of lubricating tears or protective lipid oils on the surface of the eye, also known as the tear film. Dryness can impact eye comfort and vision throughout the day with blurry vision, the appearance of red eyes, irritation, and pain, including discomfort and intolerance of contact lenses.
There are many options in treating dry eyes. The most common is the use of artificial tears and Omega 3 supplements. One look at any pharmacy and you will notice dozens of brands of each are available, and our staff is here to help recommend products that are best for you. Anti-inflammatory eyedrops such as Lumify are available “over-the-counter” and prescription eyedrops like Restasis are also available. Moisture trapping goggles such as Tranquileyes are helpful to retain tears at night. Adding humidifiers, drinking lots and lots of water, and hard blinking especially when at a computer are helpful. In extreme cases of dry eyes we recommend Punctal Occlusion… a medical procedure that blocks one or both of the tear drains in each eye to help retain your own natural tears. Medennium Smart Plug is my personal plug of choice for friends and loved ones and was designed and tested in the Space Lab! Please call our office and we can review all the options available for you.