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Dry Eye Disease Causes and Treatments

Dry eye is a cornea disease that results from the eye’s reduced ability to produce tears or produce poor quality tears. That’s why it’s essential you get your tears analyzed by your eye doctor. Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem and treat it appropriately.  In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea.

Some common causes of dry eye disease:

Aging- As we age tear production decreases.  Woman after menopause are more likely to have dry eyes.

Contact Lenses- Increases tear evaporation, irritation, infection and pain.

Environment/Allergies- weather conditions (cold air, dry air and windy conditions) The use of heaters, fans, air conditioners, dust, pollen and smoke.

Auto Immune Diseases- Such as Sjogren syndrome, rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease.

Medications and Surgery-medications and surgical procedures can reduce tear secretions and production of tears.

Treatments for dry eye disease are artificial tears, punctum plugs, warm compresses with eyelid scrubs & massages, topical corticosteroids and dietary supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and fish oils.  Thanks to new technology you can get your eyes tested in your eye doctor’s office with Osmolarity testing to measure the health and stability of your tear film.

Also, available for dry eye disease is ocular allergy diagnostic testing.  A diagnostic test provides eye care providers a comprehensive system to diagnostically test for allergies that may be the underlying cause of ocular surface disease. This test, helps to characterize, or rule out, ocular allergies when differentiating ocular surface diseases such as dry eyes, ocular allergies and blepharitis which can have similar signs and symptoms.

Dry eyes can be painful and distracting, but they are treatable. Understanding the cause of your Dry Eye will enable you to get the proper treatment and start enjoying your vision. At Griffin Eye Center, we now offer several Dry Eye tests such as Doctors Ocular Allergy System and the TearLab™ Osmolarity System.

If you’re one of the nearly five million Americans with dry eye and would like more information on dry eye visit www.griffineyecenter.com or 888-570-5789.