Moore, Experts in Dry Eye
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture in the eye. Its consequences range from subtle but constant irritation to ocular inflammation of the anterior (front) tissues of the eye.
Dry eyes also are described by the medical term, keratitis sicca, which generally means decreased quality or quantity of tears. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca refers to eye dryness affecting the cornea and conjunctiva.
Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms Persistent dryness, scratching and burning in your eyes are signs of dry eye syndrome. These symptoms alone may prompt your eye doctor to diagnose dry eye syndrome.
But sometimes your eye doctor may want to measure the amount of tears in your eyes. A thin strip of filter paper placed under the lower eyelid, called a Schirmer test, is one way to measure tear production.
Another symptom of dry eyes is a "foreign body sensation," the feeling that something is in the eye.
And it may seem odd, but sometimes watery eyes can result from dry eye syndrome, because the excessive dryness works to over stimulate production of the watery component of your eye's tears.
Dry Eye syndrome is an uncomfortable and often painful condition, but it can be easily managed by your Moore Eye doctor.
Treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that may not be completely curable (depending on the cause), but the accompanying dryness, scratchiness and burning can be managed. Your eye care practitioner may prescribe artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops that may alleviate the dry, scratching feeling.
Your eye doctor can insert punctal plugs into your tear ducts, to keep eye moisture from draining too fast. Punctal plugs help keep moisture on the eye by keeping tears from draining too quickly.
Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce your risk for dry eyes. Sardine, herring and cod liver oils are even better, or try a supplement. Restasis eye drops (cyclosporine in a castor oil base) go one step further: by helping your body produce more tears.
Restasis treatment is the first of its kind. Another option for dry eye treatment is called Lacrisert, a tiny insert filled with a lubricating ingredient (hydroxypropyl cellulose). The insert is placed just inside the lower eyelid, where it continuously releases lubrication for the eye throughout the day.
If you think you may have Dry Eye syndrome please call us today at 610-690-4900, make an appointment to see your Dry Eye experts at Moore Eye Institute, and know that relief is on the way. To schedule your appointment online, please click here.