Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and typically progressive condition. In most cases, it can be managed successfully. It can be treated in conjunction with eyelid conditions.
Dry eye syndrome refers to a breakdown in the quantity or quality of tears to moisten, cleanse and protect the eyes. This is significant because, with each blink, tears protect the surface of the eye, washing away dust and microorganisms. When this protective coating dries up, the eyes may feel “gritty” or burn and can be more sensitive to light.
Because dry eye have a number of causes, a variety of treatment approaches are used. We may recommend only one treatment or a combination of treatments, depending on the cause(s) and severity of your condition.At Jewell Eye, we have a questionnaire about your symptoms prior to initiating dry eye treatment. Your answers to this survey are then used as a baseline We evaluate lids, lashes, corneas, three layers of tears, tear glands, as well as systemic illnesses and medications. Then we follow and evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen treatment approach.
Possible treatments are Artificial tears (OTC), prescription eye drop called Restis or xiidra, Steroid drops, lacrisert ( a solid insert composed of a preservative-free lubricating agent that slowly liquifies), punctal plugs, lid scrubs, Meibomian gland expression, warm compresses, lipiflow, nutritional supplements, and systemic medication adjustment.