Dry Eye Syndrome
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when your tears cannot provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. As result, your tears are not sufficient to keep the front surface of the eye (cornea) well lubricated. The cornea’s health (and your comfort) is aided by your tears. Low tear production and unbalanced tear composition can affect your vision.
What are the common symptoms of dry eye syndrome?
- Excess tearing or watery eyes
- Inflammation and eye redness
- A stinging and itching sensation in your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision or eye fatigue
Any of the above symptoms could be indicators of dry eye syndrome. Schedule an eye appointment to discuss your symptoms.
What are my options for treating dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome can be treated in various ways. A temporary solution is using over-the-counter artificial tears to lubricate the cornea. However, this approach does not address the underlying problem, which is often inflammation. To combat this, there’s an FDA-approved prescription eye drop called Restasis. Restasis decreases inflammation, prevents further eye damage, and aids the eye in creating more efficient lubrication.
If a patient desires to reduce dependency on drops, Midwest Eye Centers now offers the TearCare treatment as an alternative approach to provide relief. LEARN MORE