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Do You Suffer From Dry, Watery, Gritty Eyes?

The Dry Eye Center At Forsight Vision Can Help You Find Relief

Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome is more than just dry eyes.

It is a condition that can include many symptoms that cause discomfort, impair vision and limit your ability to go about your daily life including:

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Burning/Stinging
  • Watery Eyes
  • Light Sensitivity

  • Feeling Like Something is in your Eye
  • Sandy or Gritty Feeling
  • Blurred Vision
  • Difficulty Seeing at Night
  • Discomfort Wearing Contact Lenses

Our Dry Eye Specialists Can Help!

Our optometrists specialize in diagnosing and treating chronic dry eye syndrome. We will assess your condition to determine the cause of your dry eyes utilizing some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available, and then find the best solution to relieve your symptoms and restore comfort to your precious eyes.

Based on your condition and the possible causes, our treatment may involve one of the following courses of action:

  • Finding the right brand and formulation of artificial tears or prescription eye drops.
  • Prescribing Steroid Eye Drops, Antibiotics or Lubricant Inserts.
  • Inserting Punctal Plugs—to plug the tear drainage ducts and keep the tear film intact on the surface of eye.
  • Lipiflow® treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction, an in-office procedure that opens blocked meibomian glands which produce essential oils to lubricate the eyes.
  • Belphex Eye Lid Exfoliation for Blepharitis
  • Medication adjustments.
  • Adjusting your contact lens prescription or reducing wear during treatment.
  • Amniotic Disks by Prokera for severe eye damage due to dry eye

Causes of Dry Eye Disease

Dry eyes can occur naturally as a result of aging or hormonal changes, typically in women who are pregnant, taking oral contraceptives or going through menopause. In fact, women over 50 have a 50% greater risk of dry eye disease than men do of the same age. It can also result from taking certain medications that reduce tear production such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications and antidepressants. Environmental factors can also play a role in drying out the eyes and DED is common in areas where the climate is dry, dusty and windy. Home air conditioners or heating systems and excessive time spent staring at a computer or television screen can also dry out eyes and exacerbate symptoms due to the lack of blinking while staring at our screens.

Individuals that suffer from certain medical conditions such as diabetes, blepharitis, lupus, arthritis and thyroid problems are more vulnerable to developing DED. Other causes can be due to eye surgery including LASIK, certain conditions in which the eyelids don’t close properly or extended contact lens use.

Diagnosis of Dry Eye Disease

Typically, dry eye disease can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam and a description of your symptoms. On some occasions the eye doctor might decide to do a test that measures how quickly your tears evaporate from the surface of your eye. At Forsight Vision, we use a state-of-the-art Oculus Keratograph topographer for diagnosis of dry eye and Tear Break Up Time.

Treatment for Dry Eyes

blue eye closeupThere are many treatment options for dry eyes which are highly dependant upon the cause and severity of the condition. Many mild forms of DED can be alleviated using artificial tears or lubricant eye drops to make up for the lack of natural tears usually produced by your eyes. If over-the-counter drops don’t alleviate your symptoms, your doctor might prescribe prescription drops that actually stimulate tear production or steroids for short-term relief.

More severe cases of dry eyes might be treated with a punctal insert which is a tiny insert containing a slow-release lubricating substance that is placed inside the lower eyelid. Since DED is often related to eyelid inflammation known as blepharitis your doctor may prescribe a heated hot compress mask, specialty eyelid scrubs, antibiotic ointment or a specialized Blephex™ eyelid cleansing treatment. Finally, punctal plugs might be recommended for severe cases which would be inserted into the tear ducts to reduce the tear drainage in your eyes to keep them from drying out.

If the cause of your dry eyes is something external or environmental, eliminating that cause may solve the problem and resolve the symptoms. Avoid dry environments, hairdryers, heaters and fans, (particularly directed toward the eyes) and smoky environments and wear eye protection such as wraparound glasses or goggles when in dusty or windy areas. Use a humidifier to add moisture to dry indoor air. If working on a computer or watching television, make sure to blink purposefully as our natural tendency is to reduce our blink rate when staring at a screen. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes as this can further irritate them. Staying hydrated by drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day can also help.

In cases where discontinuation or switching to different medications is possible this can eradicate symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend that you limit or refrain from contact lens use for a certain amount of time or switch to a different brand or type of contact lens which will reduce dehydration.

Dry eye disease won’t have a permanent effect on your vision, but there is no reason to endure dry, itchy and uncomfortable eyes, especially since there are so many treatment options to increase moisture and comfort. It’s also important to realize that this is a chronic disease that needs consistent treatment. Your doctor will work with you to create a long-term strategy to keep your eyes as comfortable as possible.

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(847) 584-1776

4160 IL Route 83, Ste 107
Long Grove, IL 60047
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Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Deerfield, Palatine, Wheeling, Hoffman Estates, Schaumberg and Barrington

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