Several glands produce tears in and around the eyelids. Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of tear production diminish with age. Occasionally, dry eye can also be caused by windy and dry environments or an underlying medical condition. Regardless of the cause, figuring out a treatment for dry eye that is effective is getting easier with advancements in science and medicine. To learn more about the right treatment for your particular case, contact Live Oak Ophthalmology today.
What is Dry Eye?
This is when the eyes do not have enough quality tears to moisten the eye. Tears are important in maintaining the health and function to provide clear vision. Dry eye is common and usually a chronic condition in aging adults. Individuals with the condition often experience scratching, burning, or irritation of their eyes. Chronic cases can cause damage to the other frontal layers of the eye.
What are the Treatment Options?
During testing for a diagnosis, we will look at your eyelids, the surface of your eyes, and how you blink. Depending on the those, there may be other tests to determine the cause of dry eye. The most common treatment is eye drops. Ointments can also be used, but they tend to make vision blurry.
We offer various other treatments at our office, such as oral supplements (fish oil, omega-3s), Restasis, punctal plugs, antibiotics and/or hygiene regimens. In many cases, a combination of treatments is the most beneficial. It all depends on the unique situation, as treatment for dry eye is not one-size-fits-all.
If you suffer from this chronic condition, especially if you have tried home treatments for dry eye with no success, reach out to Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, NC to schedule a consultation. Contact our office today to book an appointment and get started with treatment.