Patients who have dry eyes are often well-aware of the many symptoms. In addition to having dry, itchy eyes, other symptoms such as light sensitivity, blurrier vision, and a gritty sensation may also be present. In more severe cases, patients may suffer from eye redness and even significant pain. At Wilkinson Eye Center of Pontiac and Clarkston, MI, we understand how bothersome this condition can be and can work with you to get a proper diagnosis and then discuss possible treatment options.
How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
In order to properly diagnose dry eye, an ophthalmologist at Wilkinson Eye Center will perform a comprehensive eye examination that includes an evaluation of the tear film that develops on the surface of the eyes. The doctor will also measure corneal cell health while discussing the symptoms you have noticed. After getting a proper diagnosis of dry eye, our team will then provide appropriate treatment recommendations based on their findings.
What Are Some Treatment Options for Patients Diagnosed With Dry Eye?
The treatment for dry eye depends primarily on the underlying cause of the condition as well as its severity. Common treatments for most cases of dry eye may include the following:
- Artificial tears (prescription or over-the-counter eye drops)
- Warm compresses
- Lid massage to maintain eye lubrication
- Corticosteroids or immunomodulators for reducing inflammation
- Punctal plugs or meibomian gland expression
- Lifestyle changes (for example, less screen time or less contact with cigarette smoke)
- Surgical interventions
Which Dry Eye Treatment Is Best for Me?
The frequency and severity of your symptoms will often dictate the treatment recommendations made by our team at Wilkinson Eye Center. Depending upon the results of your eye examination, we may recommend one or more treatments. Our team takes into account any allergies you may have and any other medications you are currently taking to ensure that the dry eye treatment prescribed is safe and effective. We understand how critical it is to get the right diagnosis in order to find a successful treatment, and our dedicated staff is always available to answer questions as they arise.
Call Our Office to Book an Appointment Today!
If you believe that you may be suffering from dry eye, please do not hesitate to contact Wilkinson Eye Center of Pontiac or Clarkston, MI, by calling 248-334-4931 for an appointment.
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