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.
Another option for treating Dry Eye is with Lipiflow. Lipiflow utilizes a precise amount of heat applied to the inner eyelids and gentle massage to remove blockages from the Meibomian glands. This treatment is designed to restore the nature oil flow to the tear film that covers the surface of the eye.