Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome can seriously interfere with your life
Dry Eyes can be caused by a number of conditions and factors, although, depending on the severity, the outcome is much the same―symptoms which cause discomfort and can seriously detract from your quality of life and your ability to function. These symptoms include:
- Dry, itchy eyes;
- Feeling as if something is stuck in your eye or on your eyelid;
- A constant sensation of burning or stinging;
- Sore and tired eyes;
- Sensitivity to light;
- Feeling like your eyes are gritty or sandy;
- Having vision which is blurry or out of focus;
- Poor nighttime vision;
- Inability to comfortably wear contact lenses
Our Clarksville Dry Eye Specialist Can Help!
Dr. Ely provides exceptionally rigorous and warm eye care, and she specializes in diagnosing the cause and severity of your dry eyes. Using specialized equipment and the most advanced diagnostic techniques, Dr. Ely will analyze your tears and ask the right questions to get to the root cause of your dry eyes. Dr. Ely will then develop the best custom solution to provide the relief you need.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Dry Eyes (also known as Dry Eye Syndrome) fundamentally come down to an inability of your eyes to produce the quality or quantity of tears and tear-film required for proper lubrication. Tears are a combination of oils called lipids, water, and mucous. If the mixture gets off balance, or if you don’t produce enough tears, then dry eyes results. This can occur due to a combination of one or more of the following:
- environmental factors and irritants;
- incorrect or prolonged use of contact lenses;
- various medical conditions such as Sjogren’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis;
- a chronic lack of vitamin A;
- Meibomian Gland Disorder.
Meibomian Gland Disorder
The glands producing the lipids (fatty oils) essential for proper lubrication are referred to as the meibomian glands. The blockage or dysfunction of these glands causes a condition known as Meibomian Gland Disorder. This condition is responsible for roughly 80% of all instances of Dry Eye Syndrome.
Blepharitis is related to Dry Eye Syndrome, and is often a contributing cause, or a parallel condition. It involves inflamed eyelids, particularly where the eyelashes grow and is usually caused by bacterial infections or other skin problems resulting in similar symptoms to Dry Eyes Syndrome in general.
Treatment for Dry Eyes in Clarksville, TN
After carefully assessing your eyes and the factors contributing to your dry eyes, Dr. Ely will create a custom treatment plan for you. This may include:
- Treating the obstruction of the meibomian glands with hot compresses or Lipiflow.
- Addressing the bacteria around the eyelashes with blephex, lid-scrubs, or sprays.
- Providing relief for the inflammation with medicated drops such as Xidra or Restasis, topical steroids, topical or oral antibiotics, and/or omega 3 supplements.
- Addressing tear-film insufficiency with artificial tears, humidification, increased hydration, and/or punctal plugs.
Lipiflow is a revolutionary new treatment for Meibomian Gland Disorder, which unblocks and stimulates the glands to produce the lipids essential for proper eye lubrication with gentle pulses and heat applied to the top of the eyelid. Click Here to Read More about Lipiflow.
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