Do you have dry eye syndrome? Dry eye syndrome (DES), clinically referred to as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears to keep them from becoming dry and irritated. It can be extremely painful. Over time, dry eye syndrome can impact your sight.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
There are many reasons you might experience infrequent dry eyes. Dehydration, certain medications, and even allergies can cause dry eyes. But Dry Eye Syndrome is chronic dry eyes. The symptoms include excessive tearing, eye fatigue, and a scratchy, gritty feeling in the eyes. You may also experience blurry vision, irritation, redness and discharge. It can become more than just a nuisance and be truly debilitating.
How Is Dry Eye Syndrome Diagnosed?
If you suspect you have Dry Eye Syndrome, you should make an appointment. Our doctors will complete a thorough examination, talk to you about your symptoms, and look at what medications you are taking. If you are diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome, the doctor will discuss treatment options with you.
How Is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?
Depending on the nature of the condition, dry eyes can be treated with a variety of drops, ointments, or other, more advanced, methods. For mild or temporary dry eyes, lifestyle changes and lubricating or rewetting drops may be sufficient. You will be encouraged to pay close attention to your eye strain and take plenty of breaks from screen time. If the drops are not sufficient to relieve your symptoms, you may need a prescription ointment such as Restasis or Xiidra.
Lipiflow Treatment for Dry Eyes
If more conservative treatments don’t work, or your doctor determines you have a blockage, you may want to consider Lipiflow. LipiFlow is a dry eye treatment that uses Thermal Pulsation to clear blockages in the Meibomian glands. When inhibited glands are opened, lipid production increases and the integrity of the tears improves significantly.
Dry eyes can be treated successfully. We invite you to explore treatment options including the Lipiflow dry eye treatment during a comprehensive consultation and examination at our office in Pontiac, MI or Clarkston, MI. Contact us at (248) 334-4931 or fill out a Contact Form here.