DRY EYE AND OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE IS A CHRONIC PROCESS THAT CAN AFFECT ANYONE
WHAT IS DRY EYE DISEASE?
Dry eye is a condition in which a person does not have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the eyes’ surface and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
- Eye or contact lens dryness
- Burning eyes
- Eye redness
- Ocular itch
- Watery eyes or tearing
- Flucatuating vison from blurriness
- Eyelid redness and/or swelling
- Eyelash loss and/or change in density
- Eyelash change in length and/or texture/color
There are many risk factors for Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease
Patients at risk for Dry Eye Disease include diabetic patients, patients who have had recent eye surgery, patients with allergies, asthma, dermatologic disease, patients with sleep apnea, and many others. Management of related eyelid inflammation is especially important for patients undergoing eye surgery or receiving eye injections for retinal disease.
Other Risks Factors
Other factors that contribute to Dry Eye Disease include females who are in the peri-menopausal or menopausal age range and those on hormone therapy.
Heavy computer/digital device use is a primary instigator of Ocular Surface Disease across all age groups. Changes related to blink rates and abnormal eye gland function can lead to blurry or changing vision, ocular discomfort, contact lens intolerance and visual fatigue.
Treatment for Dry Eye Diagnosis
Dry eye therapy begins with a thorough discussion of environmental modifications. Your doctor will review these as well as prescribe topical (eye drops) or oral medication for you. Advanced in-office treatment may include punctal plugs (small plugs inserted into the tear drainage system to help keep your natural tears from draining away), advanced lid margin management (gland therapy with heat and massage), microblepharoexfoliation (office-based deep cleaning treatment of the eyelid margins), or biologic therapy to the surface of your eye.
The Omni Center for Dry Eye Specialty Care believes in an integrative approach to the treatment of dry eye. For appropriate patients, a consultation with a licensed acupuncturist specializing in dry eye may be recommended. Alternative medicine approaches to Ocular Surface Disease may include homeopathy, naturopathy, Ayurveda or any other recognized complementary treatment.