Dry Eye Treatments in Michigan
Does it ever feel like no matter how many eye drops you use or how many times you blink, your eye is still dry or irritated? You may be one of the 16 million Americans who suffer from dry eye.
It may not seem like a big issue, but ignoring your dry eye symptoms could lead to worse outcomes. Leaving dry eye untreated can lead to corneal damage, especially in severe cases.
Let our doctors help you find relief from your symptoms.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye occurs when you’re unable to produce enough tears to keep your eyes moistened. This common eye condition is more prevalent in older adults, especially those over 50. Other factors such as working on computers for extended periods, wearing contact lenses, and vitamin A deficiency can increase your risk of developing dry eye.
Common Dry Eye Causes & Symptoms
One of the most common causes of dry eye is poor tear production and/or quality. Your eyes rely on tears to stay moist and keep irritants out. If the glands responsible for producing sufficient tear volume are inflamed, it can easily lead to dry eye.
Some medications can also cause dry eye. If you take medication regularly, check with your doctor to see if dry eye is a side effect.
Dry eye is more than just feeling occasional eye irritation. People with dry eye cannot typically find relief from eye drops or need to use them too frequently. Other signs and symptoms of dry eye include:
- Burning sensation
- A dry or scratchy feeling
- Blurry vision
- Eye redness
Our Dry Eye Treatments
This dry eye treatment uses light-based heat to target trapped oils within tear glands. As each lid is warmed, focus-guided compressions will begin pushing oil out. This helps the doctor measure the effectiveness of treatment and whether it needs to be retreated to get excess oils out.
Many patients with dry eye rely on artificial tears for temporary relief from their symptoms. However, if you’re using artificial tears more than three times a day, you should consider a preservative-free tear. Some patients may need to combine additional treatments for a longer-lasting solution.