What Can Be Done for Patients with Chronic Dry Eye?Monday, July 15th, 2019, 7:20 am
The team of Marion Eye Center and Optical work with a number of patients every day who may have concerns regarding their vision. Patients who struggle with chronic dry eye may also want to speak to our professionals to determine the best course of action for treatment. Treatment of dry eye will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of their condition and the type of treatment they want to pursue.
What is dry eye?
Dry eye is simply a condition that causes the eyes to have less moisture. Patients with dry eyes may find that they experience redness, itching, and discomfort from dryness. The cause of dry eye varies, but can be anything from taking certain medications or concurring medical conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. In most cases, dry eye is not harmful to one’s health, but it can impact their daily life.
What treatments are available for dry eye?
Some options for the treatment of dry eye that are not surgical in nature may include:
• Performing regular blinking exercises
• Increasing the percentage of humidity in the air at work and home
• Artificial tears
• Moisturizing topical ointments
• Prescription eye drops for chronic dry eye
In some cases, surgery may be required. Some patients may benefit from the insertion of small punctal plugs in the corners of the eyes to reduce the drainage and maintain a higher level of natural lubrication. Other patients may have an eyelid condition that is contributing to their dry eyes, and these can be addressed with eyelid surgery. Additionally, patients should be well aware of dry eye triggers and avoid them, such as extended time looking at computer monitors without breaks or areas of low humidity.
Schedule an appointment today
At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we are pleased to provide a wide range of office locations in the areas of Illinois and Missouri to offer comprehensive services to many patients. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment options for chronic dry eye, we encourage you to find out nearest location and schedule a consultation visit with our ophthalmologists today!
Category: Dry Eyes