Family Eyecare Clinic: Lake County and Northeast Ohio's premier Dry Eye Clinic
The Family Eyecare Clinic has provided the residents of Northeast Ohio the very best in Dry Eye treatment at our 4 convenient locations. Our team of eye doctors have vast experience and utilize the latest technology and treatment options to provide quick relief to the symptoms of dry eyes. With the increase of computer use, dry eyes has been increasing at a rapid rate, with some experts saying that up to 90% of people who spend over 2 hours a day in front of a computer will experience dry eyes.
If you are experiencing dry eyes or are unsure, visit our practice where every patient is welcomed like family.
What is Dry Eyes?
There are a variety of forms of Dry eyes that are commonly called dry eyes or dry eyes disease. The most common cause is a lack of tears or increased drying of tears due to the environment that you are in, physiological reasons such as age, gender. medication, and external factors, such as weather and computer use. Another common cause for dry eyes is the clogging of the oil glands in your eyelids which causes your tears to evaporate faster. In many cases people with dry eyes will experience difficulty wearing contact lenses.
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Persistent dryness, scratchiness and a burning sensation on your eyes are common symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Other symptoms include:
- Excessive tears
- Redness or itchiness
- Pain or burning sensation
- The sensation of sand stuck in your eye
- Tired eyes/eye fatigue
- Mucus or crust at the corners of your eye
- Sensitivity to light
In many cases our optometrists will measure the amount of tears in your eyes, to ascertain if the symptoms your are experiencing are from dry eyes.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
There are many possible causes for dry eyes, below we will outline some of the more common reasons.
- Computer use, which causes a lower amount of blinking to occur drying out the eyes.
- Hormonal changes due to age, pregnancy, or medication which cause changes in tear production.
- Diseases which as a side effect cause drying of the eyes such as; diabetes, arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, thyroid, vitamin A deficiency , and lupus.
- Due to medication that is taken such as anti depressants, and blood pressure medication.
- As an effect of a climate which is dry and dusty.
- Environmental reasons such as using heat during the winter, using a fan during the summer, driving with the window open, and cigarette smoke.
- As a result of clogged glands called Meibomian Gland Disorder or MGD.
- As a result of inflammation of the eyelid called Blepharitis.
Treatment For Dry Eyes
Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that treatments may be unable to cure. But the symptoms of dry eye – including dryness, scratchiness and burning – can usually be successfully managed.
Our optometrists may recommend artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops that may alleviate the dry, scratchy feeling and foreign body sensation of dry eye. Prescription eye drops for dry eye go one step further: they help increase your tear production. In some cases, our eye doctor may also prescribe a steroid for more immediate short-term relief.
Another option for dry eye treatment involves a tiny insert filled with a lubricating ingredient. The insert is placed just inside the lower eyelid, where it continuously releases lubrication throughout the day.
If you wear contact lenses, be aware that many artificial tears cannot be used during contact lens wear. You may need to remove your lenses before using the drops. Wait 15 minutes or longer (check the label) before reinserting them. For mild dry eye, contact lens rewetting drops may be sufficient to make your eyes feel better, but the effect is usually only temporary. Switching to another lens brand could also help.
Check the label, but better yet, check with your doctor before buying any over-the-counter eye drops. Your eye doctor will know which formulas are effective and long-lasting and which are not, as well as which eye drops will work with your contact lenses.
To reduce the effects of sun, wind and dust on dry eyes, wear sunglasses when outdoors. Wraparound styles offer the best protection.
Indoors, an air cleaner can filter out dust and other particles from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to air that's too dry because of air conditioning or heating.
For more significant cases of dry eye, our eye doctors may recommend punctal plugs. These tiny devices are inserted in ducts in your lids to slow the drainage of tears away from your eyes, thereby keeping your eyes more moist.
If your dry eye is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), our eye doctors may recommend warm compresses such as the popular Bruder Mask and suggest an in-office procedure to clear the blocked glands and restore normal function.
Doctors sometimes also recommend special nutritional supplements containing certain essential fatty acids to decrease dry eye symptoms. Drinking more water may also offer some relief.
If medications are the cause of dry eyes, discontinuing the drug generally resolves the problem. But in this case, the benefits of the drug must be weighed against the side effect of dry eyes. Sometimes switching to a different type of medication alleviates the dry eye symptoms while keeping the needed treatment. In any case, never switch or discontinue your medications without consulting with your doctor first.
Treating any underlying eyelid disease, such as blepharitis, helps as well. This may call for antibiotic or steroid drops, plus frequent eyelid scrubs with an antibacterial shampoo.
If you are considering LASIK, be aware that dry eyes may disqualify you for the surgery, at least until your dry eye condition is successfully treated. Dry eyes increase your risk for poor healing after LASIK, so most surgeons will want to treat the dry eyes first, to ensure a good LASIK outcome. This goes for other types of vision correction surgery, as well.
For a Dry Eyes exam call our practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Mentor, OH: "Family EyeCare Clinic" (440) 946-8809
Painesville, OH: "Family EyeCare Clinic" (440) 352-0616
Highland Heights, OH: "Kane & Figler Optometry" (440) 995-1500
Chagrin Falls, OH: "Tanglewood Family Eye Care" (440) 543-5186