Tears keep our eyes moist and lubricated making it easy for your eyes to function optimally. However, different factors like age, environment, and lifestyle can affect tear production which causes them to be dry. Dry eye syndrome causes severe discomfort and can damage the eye surface as well as limit focus.
Radiation, laser surgery, tear evaporation because of dry weather, and medications are all causes of dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome symptoms to watch for include a burning sensation, redness, itchiness, and blurry vision.
At times, a strange phenomenon occurs characterized by overproduction of tears. When you have dry eyes, your body sends a distress signal to the nervous system to lubricate the eyes. As a result, your body will produce excess tears. The problem is, these tears wash out the dirt, but don’t lubricate the eyes.
Dry eye disease is treatable, and Lowcountry Vision Care we offer various treatments, chief among them Intense Pulsed Light. Keep reading to know how to ease the dry eye syndrome discomfort.
Intense Pulsed Light is modern technology and we are proud to be among the first clinics to provide this treatment in Pawleys Island, SC. IPL uses pulsed light to dissolve the clogged and hardened oils in your eyelids. Additionally, the treatment reduces the eyelid redness and also stimulates healthy eye gland function.
During your treatment, our doctor will apply a protective shield on your eyes and a cooling gel to regulate overheating and body temperature. Next, using a small device, they will apply pulses to the eyelids to dissolve the hardened oils thereby creating a normal flow and restoring optimal vision. Most patients begin to feel vision improvement after the first session, but you will need four treatment sessions spread over four months.
Artificial tears are ideal for mild dry eye syndrome caused by reading or computer use. Various eye drop brands are available that can stimulate tears and lubricate your eyes, but they all differ in viscosity. The viscosity of the eye drop is very important. Eye drops with thin viscosity offer fast relief and cause no blurry vision, but the effects are short-lived. The ones with thick viscosity offer long-lasting results, but on the downside, they can cause blurry vision for a few minutes. It is important to discuss the possibility of using artificial tears with our optometrist.
Artificial tears only lubricate, but can’t reduce the inflammation which causes redness and burning sensation. The doctor will, therefore, recommend steroid eye drops to manage inflammation. The steroid eye drops are used for a short period because they can cause side effects. You need to discuss with the doctor your medical history and be sure to follow the doctor’s directions.
Applying a warm towel on your eyelids can also unclog the oil-making glands. Gently apply the warm towel on your glands every day to reduce inflammation.
According to research, healthy fats such as omega-3 can stimulate oil-making glands to work better and ease irritation. Eat salmon, tuna, and sardines and nuts in plenty. Additionally, it is important to drink enough water to stay hydrated and keep your eyes moist.
Dry air can also cause the eyes to dry up, so use a humidifier to moisten your indoor space. Alternatively, you can place a pan of boiled water near the radiator.
Wear protective eyewear when stepping out to protect the eyes against sun exposure and wind. Also avoid sitting next to the air conditioner, fan, or dryer as they can cause the tears to evaporate.
Don’t use the computer for long hours not only to protect your eyes but also your posture. Additionally, blink more often to stop the eyes from drying up.
Dry eye syndrome is treatable, so don’t stay in pain. Contact our eye clinic for an appointment and our doctor will guide you in choosing the right eye treatment.