DRY EYE SYNDROME

Dry Eye Syndrome is a disease caused by many factors.  Roughly 300 million people worldwide suffer from this disease.  There are many people that live with dry eye symptoms everyday and have not been diagnosed. 

WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF DRY EYE?

  • Dryness                          

  • Itching

  • Burning/Stinging

  • Watery eyes

  • Light sensitivity

  • Foreign body sensation

  • Sandy/Gritty feeling

  • Blurred vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Discomfort wearing contact lenses

  • Tired eyes

WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF DRY EYE?

  • Screen-time

  • Contact lens over-wear

  • Systemic drugs for hypertension, depression, allergies, and acne skin

  • Increasing age 

  • Cataract surgery and LASIK

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction

  • Autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren syndrome

At Bennett Family Eye Care, we strive to have the latest technology to both diagnosis and treat those patients who suffer from dry eye disease.

DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS INCLUDE:

  • Slit-Lamp Biomicroscopy is used to evaluate the ocular structures under high magnification, specifically the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea and tear film during a dry eye examination.

  • Diagnostic Dyes (Fluorescein & Lissamine Green) provide a non-invasive, objective and efficient way to identify and track dry eye at the cellular level.

  • Schirmer Tear Test is used to determine if the tear glands adequately produce tears to keep your eyes moist.

  • Meibomian Gland Evaluator is a standardized, repeatable evaluation of meibomian gland function.  It mimics the pressure of a deliberate blink.  The doctor can observe these gland secretions through the slit lamp.

  • LipiScan® provides us with high definition images of the meibomian (oil producing) glands in the eyelids.  Meibomian glands that are not working well can cause eyes to appear red, irritated, sore, tired and dry.  This can lead to patients not being able to tolerate contact lens wear.

  • InflammaDry® is an in-office test that detects elevated levels of MMP-9, which are inflammatory markers.  These are consistently elevated in the tears of patients with dry eye disease.

TREATMENT OPTIONS:

  • Medications:

    • Xiidra® is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.​

    • Restasis® and Restasis Multidose® are prescription eye drops that help increase the eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Dry Eye. 

    • Avenova is a prescription lid cleaner.  It has been shown to be effective against bacteria commonly found on the lids and lashes.

  • Punctal Plugs prevent the drainage of liquid from the eye. 

  • LipiFlow® is an in-office medical device which safely applies heat and a delicate massage to the eyelids to allow the meibomian glands to work better.  Once the glands are free of blockages, they can resume producing and delivering the essential oil that is needed for a healthy tear film.  The Lipiflow® was invented by an Optometrist right here in the Boston area!

  • Scleral Lenses can be used to help treat moderate to severe dry eye.  Scleral lenses are a large-diameter contact lens that vaults across the entire corneal surface and rests on the white part of the eye.  Liquid fills the space between your eye and the back surface of the lens.  This liquid bathes the eye in tears all day. 

  • Truetear® provides a temporary increase in tear production via neurostimulation.  The device stimulates the nerve in the nasal cavity, sending signals to the brain and then to the lacrimal gland.  The lacrimal gland responds to the neurostimulation by producing natural tears.  It is a great drug free option to temporarily increase natural tear production.

SUPPORTIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS:

  • Artificial Tears, Gels and Ointments are great options as well.  Depending on the type and severity of dry eye, there are a variety of choices that your doctor will discuss with you.

  • Warm compresses

  • Lids scrubs

  • Omega-3 Supplements

    • If you would like to order these supplements, please click on the Omega-3 bottle. ​

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