Dry Eye

Dry eye occurs when the eyes aren't sufficiently moisturized - leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.

Dry eye can be a temporary or chronic condition and can have many causes, which may include arid conditions (dry, windy weather), extensive computer use, aging, certain medications, injury and surgery. Dry eye is not only painful, it can also damage the eye's tissues and impair vision. Fortunately, many treatment options are available.

BVA uses TearLab will help our Doctors custom prescribe Dry Eye therapies and then provide the ability to measure the success of prescribed treatments.
 
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Cause of Dry Eyes

The first priority is to determine if a disease is the underlying cause of the dry eye. If it is, then the underlying disease needs to be treated. 

Causes Include:

  • Environment
  • Medication
  • Diet
  • Contacts
  • Poor tear-producing glands

How my Physician Will  Treat my Dry Eyes

Depending on the cause of your dry eyes, your doctor will prescribe either a non-surgical treatment, recommend surgery, or a mixture of both. Due to multiple causes of dry eyes, we strongly recommend talking with your doctor to pinpoint the problem. 

A doctor will likely ask you a serious of questions of your lifestyle to find possible causes. Here are BVA our staff will ask you a serious of questions and will use Tear Lab - advanced technology to diagnose Dry Eye Disease.



TearLab is the single most accurate and objective test for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease. The test is fast, easy, and accurately generates an Osmolarity number, which provides significant information to your Doctor to aid in the early detection of Dry Eye Disease.

TearLab will help your Doctor to custom prescribe Dry Eye therapies and then provide the ability to measure the success of prescribed treatments. Learn more.


Possible Solutions 

Lacrimal Plugs

Plugging the drainage holes at the small circular openings at the inner corners of the eyelids where tears drain from the eye into the nose can help dry eyes. Lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs, can be inserted.

These plugs are made of silicone or collagen, are reversible, and are a temporary measure. In severe cases, permanent plugs may be considered.

Punctal Cautery

In some cases, a simple surgery, called punctal cautery, is recommended to permanently close the drainage holes. The procedure helps keep the limited volume of tears on the eye for a longer period of time.

Artifical Tears

Many artificial tears are over the counter, and can treat low to mild cases of dry eyes. In most cases if the natural remedies are unsuccessful, artificial tears or lubricating eye drops are the next step in solving your problem.

There are many different types of eye drop/ artificial tear solutions. Each formula is designed to solve a specific problem your eye is facing, for example, aqueous-deficiency vs evaporating dry eye condition. Also, some brands will cause blurry vision for a short period of time, thus it would not be wise to use during driving or in the workplace.

Due to the variety of formulas, and brands, we recommend talking with a doctor to examine which solution is best for you

Natural Remedies

Depending on the cause of your dry eye problem, natural remedies or lifestyle changes can be the best solution to your dry eyes.

If dry eye results from taking a medication, your doctor may recommend switching to a medication that does not cause the dry eye side effect.

If contact lens wear is the problem, another type of lens or reducing the number of hours you wear your lenses may be recommended. In the case of severe dry eye, you may advised not to wear contact lenses at all.

Drug-Free, Drop-Free Dry Eye Treatment

True Tear

True Tear is a device that uses state-of-the-art technology, neurostimulation, to help your eyes temporarily make more of your own tears. It's prescription-only adn ideal for dry eye patients who prefer a drug-free, drop-free treatment option.

True Tear

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1. Easy To Use

Tearing can occur within seconds, however it can take a shorter or longer time depending on the patient. The effect is temporary, but patients can use True Tear at least twice a day, as needed. 

2. Drop-Free, Drug-Free

You may be looking for drug-free options for dry eyes. True Tear uses neurostimulation to help your eyes naturally create more tears. This is ideal for patients who prefer drug-free, drop-free treatment for dry eyes.

3. Natural Tears

True Tear stimulates the body to produce natural tears with tiny pulses of energy. 

Get in Touch:

BVA Advanced Eye Care has 3 optometrists, and 4 ophthalmologists to create Better Vision Ahead. The first step of creating better vision is to speak with an eye doctor. You can contact us through our website or give us a call at 1-888-323-3937


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