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Dry Eye

DO YOU EVER . . . ?

  1. Have trouble wearing your contact lenses for long periods of time?
  2. Use artificial tears for relief?
  3. Feel like your vision fluctuates throughout the day?
  4. Feel like your eyes are burning, stinging, or feel gritty?
  5. Feel like your eyes continually water?
  6. Have worse symptoms in the evening?
  7. Have trouble reading or looking at a computer screen for long periods of time?
  8. Feel like you are constantly blinking?

If you answered YES, then you may have dry eyes.

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WHAT ARE DRY EYES?

WHAT ARE DRY EYES?

Dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when the surface of your eyes become inflamed and your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. For example, dry eyes may occur if you don’t produce enough tears or if you produce poor-quality tears.  Dry eye also occurs when there is insufficient production of oil on the surface of your eyes.

Dry eyes feel uncomfortable. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may sting or burn. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on a windy day, on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours.

TREATMENTS

TREATMENTS

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1. LIFESTYLE CHANGES:  Eating more foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, eating flax seeds and supplements, drinking more water, blinking more frequently, and turning down fans.
  2. LUBRICATING EYE DROPS AND GELS/ARTIFICIAL TEARS:  Use preservative-free over-the-counter lubricating eye drops and gels and artificial tears such as Systane® and Refresh®.

WHAT CAN CLARUS DO?

  1. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:  We may prescribe drops such as Restasis®.
  2. PUNCTAL PLUGS:  One approach to treating dry eyes is plugging the openings to the tear ducts with tiny plugs. These plugs close the tiny opening (puncta) that you have in the inner corner of your upper and lower eyelids near your nose. Each eyelid has one duct.  The closure conserves both your own tears and artificial tears you may have added by blocking tear drainage. This is a quick in-office procedure.
  3. AMNIOTIC MEMBRANE PLACEMENT – PROKERA®:  For dry eye syndrome, placement of PROKERA® may be recommended. This is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair, and heal damaged eye surfaces and reduce inflammation. This too, is a quick in-office procedure.
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