Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition that develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated resulting in multiple symptoms that range from person to person. This can be due to a reduction in tear production or increased tear evaporation from a lack of lipid in the tears that stem from oil glands in the eyelids. The effects can range from minor dryness and discomfort to pain, blurred vision and frequent infections.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease
Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable and can affect one’s quality of life. Symptoms of dry eye syndrome can vary depending on the severity of the condition but can include: dry, scratchy, burning, stinging, irritation, watery eyes, foreign body sensation.
Treatment for Dry Eyes
Our Optometrists are trained on effective dry eye therapies and treatments. This begins with diagnosing the type of dry eye disease you have and tailoring a customized treatment strategy. Treatment can include artificial tears, prescribed drops, punctal plugs, eyelid hygiene and compresses. We also offer the Zocular Eyelid System Treatment (ZEST). ZEST is a deep and gentle eyelid cleaning and exfoliating treatment. It can help reduce inflammation, redness and dry eye symptoms.
Our Optometrists will work with you to create a long term strategy to keep your eyes as comfortable as possible.
Contact our eye care clinic to schedule an eye exam near you, today.