Dry Eye Syndrome
Are red, burning, watery eyes causing frustration in your daily life?
You are not alone - more than 30 million Americans suffer from dry eye.
But just as you are unique, so is your dry eye. There are many different factors that can contribute to the symptoms you feel on a daily basis.
At Ocean Eye Care, we assess your specific case to create a personalized treatment plan so you can find relief.
Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic and multi-factorial disease. While there is no cure for this condition, we can help determine the underlying causes of your dry eye and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Dry Eye is due to an inability for your tears to lubricate your eyes. The cause of this can be classified into two types:
Decreased Tear Production (Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye) - inability to produce enough fluid tears
Increased Tear Evaporation (Evaporative Dry Eye) - inadequate oil production due to clogged oil (meibomian) glands on the eyelid
When you come in for your dry eye evaluation, we will assess:
upper and lower eyelid and eyelashes
cornea/conjunctiva for dry patches or areas of redness
quantity and quality of tear film
amount of secretion from oil glands
other signs of allergy, inflammation
Collagen or silicone plugs can be placed in the tear ducts to block drainage. This works like blocking the drain in a sink and helps to increase the eye's tear film and surface moisture. These devices are about the size of a grain of rice and it is completely painless to insert them.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) improves dry eye symptoms by reducing inflammation and helping to open up clogged meibomian glands on the eyelid. See more information on IPL here.
Meibomian Gland Expression
Manual expression of the oil glands of the eyelid can help to improve the composition of the tear film. Special tools are used to reopen clogged glands and increasing oil outflow.
ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Treatment) is a new treatment for dry eye, demodex mites, and blepharitis (debris, bacteria crusting, and inflammation at the eyelash line). This is a quick and painless cleansing treatment which gives immediate results. It is a great option for all dry eye patients, but especially for those with blepharitis in need of a deep clean of their eyelids, similar to a semi-annual dental cleaning. We also recommend this treatment to patients who have a newly formed stye or other infectious or inflammatory conditions.
Eye drops help to lubricate the eyes and supplement your natural tear film. They work great for mild dry eye and can be used in conjunction with other treatments for moderate to severe dry eye. There are a wide array of drops with various compositions and viscosities on the market. Talk to your doctor to see which brands and types are best for you!
A warm compress is designed to heat up oil in the meibomian glands and facilitate outflow.
The eyelids are prone to developing a build-up of material from dead skin cells, bacteria, and other debris. This causes irritation and inflammation of the eyelids and tear film. Demodex mites are parasites that inhabit the eyelids and contribute to inflammation. Cleansing the eyelids daily with a specific lid scrub wipe or foam cleanser can keep the eyelids clean and inflammation under control.
Restasis, Xiidra, and Cequa are perscription eye drops dosed twice a day that reduce inflammation in the tear film and can help improve tear production.
Tryvaya is a nasal spray that works by increasing tear production by stimulating the trigeminal nerve and the parasympathetic pathway.
Meibo is a new drop that helps to reduce tear evaporation from the eye's surface.