All About Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eyes are very common, and it’s one of the reasons people make an appointment with their eye doctor at our Waynesboro, Chambersburg, or Hagerstown locations. Dry eye syndrome can affect both men and women of all ages and can range from subtle to severe. And while many over-the-counter medications may temporarily relieve mild symptoms of dry eyes, they are not a replacement for medical treatment.
Fortunately, with the help of a trained specialist, dry eyes can be treated using specific therapies that provide long-lasting relief. If you think you suffer from dry eye, you aren’t alone. Below you’ll learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for dry eye syndrome.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when the tears do not provide enough lubrication for the eyes. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by many things, but usually, the problem is an imbalance in the “tear film,” which is found on the surface of the eye. The tear film must have the right balance of oil, water, and mucus in order to protect and lubricate the eye. Without this balance, dry eye syndrome will usually result.
There are different categories of dry eye syndrome depending on whether the oil, water, or mucus area is affected. Dry eye syndrome can cause many uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Stinging and burning
- Redness and itching
- Fluctuating vision
- Eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to wind or humidity
Dry eye symptoms can be triggered or aggravated by factors like the weather, time of year, computer use, contact lenses, health conditions, medications, and more. Understanding what triggers your dry eye syndrome can help you better control your symptoms.
How Can Eye Doctors Help?
A thorough exam and accurate diagnosis can help you determine the specific cause of your dry eye syndrome. This is important for identifying the best course of treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you not only see and feel better, but it can keep your eyes from getting worse over time.
At Ludwick Eye Center, we offer a complete range of treatments for dry eye syndrome, including:
- HydroEye® Softgels
- MediBeads® hydrating compresses
- Tranquileyes® hydrating goggles
Your treatment will depend on the exact cause of your dry eye syndrome. For those whose dry eyes are caused by clogged meibomian glands (MGD), LipiFlow is an excellent solution. This gentle in-office treatment uses slight pressure and soothing heat to loosen blockages and restore gland function. The procedure takes only a few minutes to perform and requires an hour-long office visit. In research studies, 79% of people treated with LipiFlow reported improvement in their dry eye symptoms after just 1 treatment.
When to See a Doctor
If you think you have dry eye syndrome or are struggling with dry eyes, contact us today. Our expert physicians in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, and Waynesboro have the training and experience to help you get the treatment you need.