Dry Eye Treatment
Find relief from dry, itchy, irritated eyes.
Dry eyes affect millions of people in the United States. It is estimated that as many as 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from this uncomfortable condition.
If you need help, book an appointment at Fremont Vision Source. We’ll help you find a treatment option that brings you the relief you’re searching for.
What are the common symptoms of dry eye?
Everyone experiences dry eye differently because there are so many potential underlying causes.
Typical symptoms include:
- Redness or eyes that appear irritated and bloodshot
- Consistent burning or tingling sensations in the eyes
- Eyes that feel itchy or as if they have something in them
- Increased sensitivity to bright lights or sunlight
- Excessive tearing, or eyes that always appear watery
What causes dry eye?
There are many potential causes of dry eye.
In some cases, the cause is obvious, such as environmental irritants or short-term inflammation.
Some of the other causes of chronic dry eye problems include:
- Disease of the meibomian glands
- Defects that affect the eyelid or shape of the eye
- Certain medications
- Abnormal eye pressure
- Deficiency of aqueous fluids
Because the underlying causes vary, treatment methods after diagnosis will also vary according to the patient. It is also not uncommon for there to be more than one cause for dry eye.
How is dry eye diagnosed and treated?
Through imaging of the meibomian glands, measuring osmolarity of the tear film, and screening for certain conditions, we are able to diagnose and provide treatment for the condition.
Some of the typical treatments include:
- Over the counter lubricating drops
- Prescription eye drops to combat inflammation
- Treating eyelid oil glands
- Blinking exercises and proper eyelid hygiene
- If an infection is causing the issue, antibiotics may also be prescribed.
This instrument takes a variety of images of the tears and glands in the eyelids. This helps diagnosis the type of dry eye and helps specialize the treatment that is needed. This instrument can also help monitor dry eye over time and evaluate the success of the treatment plan.
Fremont Vision Source offers MiBo Thermoflo. This is a 12 minute heated treatment performed on the glands in the eyelids. This improves the function of the glands which results in better oil production and improved tear quality.
Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable — they can also be bad for the health of your eyes. Book an appointment at Fremont Vision Source to find relief.