Dry Eye Treatment
Eye Care for Tulsa is a forerunner in the treatment of difficult cases of Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because of a chemical imbalance in the tears.
Causes of Dry Eye
People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. Dry eye tends to affect women more often than men, due to the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy or menopause. Oral contraceptives can also affect the consistency of tears. Dry eye is more common in people over the age of 50.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Patients with dry eye may experience certain symptoms from this condition, usually affecting both eyes, which may include:
- Stinging or burning sensation
- Irritation from smoke or wind
- Eyes that feel scratchy
- Eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Excessive tearing
- Blurry vision
Eye drops, called artificial tears, are similar to your own tears. They lubricate the eyes and help maintain moisture.
You can use artificial tears once or twice daily, or as often as several times an hour. If you use drops more frequently than four times a day, you should consider using drops not containing preservatives.
Conserving the Tears
Conserving your eyes' own tears is another approach to keeping the eyes moist. Tears drain out of the eye through a small channel into the nose (which is why your nose runs when you cry). Your ophthalmologist may close these channels either temporarily or permanently. This closure conserves your own tears, making both your own tears, as well as artificial tears, last longer.
Restasis: increasing and improving tear production
A revolutionary treatment for difficult cases of Dry Eye Syndrome is now available. The prescription medication Restasis works to reconstitute the tear film. Because prescription medications may take several weeks to demonstrate maximum effectiveness, patients may benefit from occasional use of artificial tears as well.
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