Dry eye is a condition caused by a lack of sufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Dryness occurs when your eyes either do not produce enough tears or produce tears of poor quality.
Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. They are necessary for maintaining eye health and providing clear vision. Consequences of dry eyes range from subtle eye irritation to significant inflammation and even scarring of the front surface of the eye.
At Vivid Eye Care, we are experienced in providing instant relief and long term solutions for our patients who suffer with dry eye. Please contact us if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned below, we can ensure that your eyes are getting the moisture they need so that you can go about your day in comfort.
Dry eye is a multifactorial diesease that can be caused by both physiological and environmental factors. These include:
A Dry Eye Assessment can be scheduled today by you or may be recommended by your doctor after your comprehensive eye examination. After an initial evaluation, a more in-depth assessment will be scheduled afterwards and include the following:
Artificial tears are over-the-counter eyedrops designed to reduce dry eye symptoms by maintaining lubrication throughout the day.
Punctal Plugs are tiny devices inserted into the eyelids’ drainage ducts to increase tear volume on the surface of the eye. By preventing the tears from draining, the plugs help keep the eyes healthy and lubricated. They are not noticeable once inserted, and most people do not experience any discomfort.
RESTASIS® and XIIDRA® are prescription preservative-free eyedrops used to treat inflammation associated with dry eye. RESTASIS® helps increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation. XIIDRA® helps treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease by reducing inflammation.
Practicing habits such as taking frequent breaks from using the computer, or making lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking may be recommended to reduce dry eye symptoms.