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Dry eye occurs when the eyes aren’t sufficiently 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 patient does not produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. Dry eye is not only painful, it can also damage the eye’s tissues and impair vision. Fortunately, many treatment options are available. Non-surgical treatments for dry eye include warm compresses, Omega 3 oils, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment. If these methods fail, small punctal plugs may be inserted in the tear ducts to limit tear drainage, or the ducts may be surgically closed. Other options or treating dry eye may include LipiFlow, IPL, True Tear, amniotic drops and autologous serum drops.
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