Our doctors are proud of the work they do in the management and treatment of dry eye syndrome. Our patients report an improved quality of life following our custom dry eye treatments.
Have you heard of Dry Eye Syndrome? It is a chronic condition affecting up to 50% of people living in the United States. Symptoms range from occasional irritation to severe eye pain, affecting vision and our ability to comfortably perform daily tasks. Anyone can have dry eyes, but contact lens wearers and those that suffer from certain systemic conditions are more prone to developing this disease. Another huge contributor to dry eye symptoms is increased screen time. Our blink rate is reduced by 60% when we use a screen device, which negatively affects the glands on the eyelid called the meibomian glands. These glands produce the oils in our tears that help keep our tear film stable and our eyes feeling lubricated.
There are many contributing factors to dry eye syndrome, and no “one size fits all” solution. It’s important that if you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye – such as persistent redness, burning, or a gritty feeling in your eyes – that you seek out help early on so that the condition doesn’t progress. When you schedule an appointment for a dry eye evaluation at Enclave Vision, your doctor will perform a careful examination to assess the quality and quantity of your tears, any damage and inflammation caused by dry eye, and the functionality of your meibomian glands. Dr. Montgomery or Dr. Hengst will work with you to put together a plan to help manage your symptoms and treat the underlying causes of your dry eye.
Do you routinely use products such as Visine, Clear Eyes and other over-the-counter (OTC) medications and still suffer from itchy, irritated eyes? Ask our optometrists about relief from ocular allergies.