Understanding the Treatment Options For Dry Eye

At Matossian Eye Associates, you have access to more dry eye treatment technologies than anywhere else in the region.

But you may be wondering why we provide so many ways to address one condition. As we discussed in our dry eye overview, dry eye has a number of causes – age, gender, medical conditions and more. Depending on the cause of your dry eye, one treatment (or a combination of treatments) will typically benefit you more than the others.

Below is a brief introduction to some common treatments for dry eye disease.  Read further to learn more about the advanced dry eye treatments available at Matossian Eye Associates

Adding Tear Solution – Mild cases of dry eyes can often be managed using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions and liposomal spray. These can be used as often as needed to supplement natural tear production. You can find some products here that will help with Dry Eye. However in some people, additional steps need to be taken to treat their dry eyes.

Adding Tear Ointment – Artificial tear ointments are also available over the counter for severe dry eyes. These ointments are great to use at night before bed. In fact you will still feel the effects of the ointment when you wake up in the morning, since ointments stay in the eyes longer than drops. They will make vision blurry. As a result, it is not advisable to sue the artificial tear ointments during the day or while driving.

Conserving Tears – An additional approach to reducing the symptoms of dry eyes is to keep natural tears in the eyes longer. This can be done by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain. The tear ducts can be blocked with tiny silicone or gel-like punctal plugs that can be removed, if needed. A surgical procedure to permanently close tear ducts can also be used. In either case, the goal is to keep the available tears in the eye longer to reduce problems related to dry eyes.

Increasing Tear Production – This is done through prescription eye drops that help increase your own tear production and by treating the eyelid and ocular surface inflammation.

Improving Tear Film Health – Omega-3s are a family of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are anti-inflammatory in nature. These O3s aid in the reduction of inflammation of the lacrimal glands, leading to better tear production and improvement of Dry Eye Syndrome. Eye Omega Advantage is custom formulated with a synergistic blend of critical eye nutrients with the highly beneficial Omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as Vitamin D3 for additional comprehensive health benefits. The combination of these nutrients helps support healthy vision and optimal eye health.

Treatment of the contributing eyelid or ocular surface inflammation – Warm compresses, masks and lid massage/eyelid cleaners are the mainstay for the conservative treatment of ocular surface inflammation. In addition, prescription eye drops or ointments, may be recommended to help decrease inflammation of the eyelid margins. One difficult to treat cause for eyelid inflammation is Demodex blepharitis; this is caused by tiny parasitic mites that live in the eyelash hair follicles.

Advanced Treatment Options Available at Matossian Eye Associates

The treatment options available to treat dry eye can be broken down into 3 categories: