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 or 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.
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.
Here at BVA, our staff will ask you a series of questions and use Tear Lab advanced technology to diagnose Dry Eye Disease. Depending on the cause of your dry eyes, our doctors may suggest a non-surgical treatment; recommend surgery, or a mixture of both. Since we all have different and unique eyes, we strongly recommend talking with your doctor to find the right treatment plan for you.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.