Dry Eye Treatments
Dry eye is one of the most common problems encountered by our doctors at Triangle Visions Optometry.
On a daily basis, we speak with people who tell us that their eyes often feel burny, gritty, or itchy. These same patients will often report increased eye allergies and fluctuating visions throughout the day. These are all signs of dry eye.
Who Can Get Dry Eye
About 30 million people in the United States have dry eye, a level of incidence that is only surpassed by heart disease (50 million). Additionally, greater than 50% of women over 50 years old have dry eye that bothers them on a daily basis. People who wear contact lens, or have been diagnosed with certain diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and sjogren’s also have an increased rate of dry eye by as much as 50%. There are also many medications that have the side effects of dry eye.
One common dry eye scenario that our doctors encounter involves the use of oral antihistamines. These medications (especially Claratin D) can really dry the eyes out. Although these medications may help with nose and throat allergies they often create a negative cycle of dry eye, which, in turn, makes the patient’s eye allergies WORSE.
How to Treat Dry Eye
Most people with dry eye believe that little can be done to relieve their symptoms, and that it’s something that they just have to live with. At most, they may try various OTC artificial tears that only treat the symptoms, and do little to manage the cause of the problem.
Unfortunately, dry eye problems are most often chronic in nature and worsen with age, thus requiring a more organized and effective treatment plan.
With new technologies for accurate diagnosis and a growing amount of treatment options, the vast majority of people with dry eye can find relief. Depending on the type and severity of a patient’s dry eye condition, a customized plan for treatment can be created. As part of this customized treatment, our doctors implement various OTC artificial tears, natural supplements, lifestyle changes, prescriptions eye drops, and oral medications.
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