Dry Eye Treatment

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when your tears are not sufficient in keeping 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 have lasting effects on your vision.

Do I have dry eye syndrome?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be showing early signs of dry eye syndrome. Schedule a consultation
  • Stinging and itching of the eye(s)
  • Excessive tearing or light sensitivity
  • Decreased or blurry vision
  • Inflammation, redness, or sandy/gritty feeling

What are my options?

Dry eye syndrome can be treated in several ways: A temporary solution is the use of 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 are FDA-approved prescription medications, designed specifically to decrease inflammation, prevent further eye damage, and aid the eye in creating more efficient lubrication.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is dry eye syndrome treated?
Dry Eye Syndrome is generally a condition that is not cured (depending on the cause), but it can be managed. The most common approach to controlling mild dry eye syndrome is with the use of artificial tears to lubricate the cornea. There are many over-the-counter solutions and ointments designed to replenish natural tears.

However, artificial tears only offer temporary symptom relief and do not address the underlying problem, which often is inflammation. Now there is an FDA approved prescription eye drop called Restasis designed to decrease inflammation, thereby helping to make tears that are more efficient in lubricating the eye. This not only increases the patient's comfort but also prevents more serious damage from occurring.