Dry Eye Therapy Regimen

Are you always bothered with the frequent burning sensation on your eyes, even if you are not working in front of your PC or laptop? Or, perhaps you have watery eyes all the time? If you have any of these symptoms you might possibly have dry eyes and the best remedy for this eye condition is a complete eye assessment with your eye doctor and ask him/her for the recommended dry eye therapy regimen.

Here are the common reported dry eye symptoms

  • Frequent fluctuations of one’s vision.
  • Foreign body sensation on the eyes.
  • Itchiness.
  • Redness.
  • Tearing.
  • Burning.

Treatment for mild cases of dry eyes

  • Over-the-counter artificial tear solutions can be used for occasional dryness of the eyes.
  • Avoid using over the counter eye drops intended for red eyes.
  • If the condition aggravates, seek immediate eye consultation with a dry eye doctor for a complete eye examination and medication.

Treatment for severe cases of dry eyes

If the patient is diagnosed with an escalating dry eye problem, the following medications are prescribed:

  • Anti-inflammatory eye drops that contain corticosteroids are given to the patient to control the inflammation on the surface of the eyes.
  • Antibiotics in the form of eye drops or ointment are also prescribed to individuals complaining inflammation on the edge of their eyelids to reduce the inflammation.
  • Prescription eye inserts are given as alternative solution to patients who cannot use artificial tears. Eye inserts (Lacrisert) that appear as clear grains of rice are inserted once a day between the lower eyelid and eyeball to constantly lubricate the eyes.

Other suggested treatments are as follows

  • Closing of the patient’s tear ducts to prevent tears from leaving the eyes quickly is advised. Temporary punctual plugs are initially put to maintain the tear production at a normal level or retain the artificial tears placed to the eyes. If the procedure is found effective, permanent plugs are put to close the tear ducts. This treatment is called “thermal cautery” where the eye surgeon numbs the eye with the use of anesthetic before applying heat to the target area to shrink the tissues of drainage to close the tear ducts.
  • Use of specialized contact lenses (corneal shields or bandage lenses) is another option for dry eye treatment. Here, the contact lenses serve as protective shields on the surface of your eyes to trap the needed moisture.
  • LipiFlow thermal pulsation treatment is the latest cure for dry eye where a device in the shape of an eyecup is placed over the eyes to provide warm massage to the lower eyelid. The whole procedure lasts around 12 minutes and the patient can go home afterwards. Check is this advanced treatment is already available at your nearest dry eye center.

Additional tips and warnings

Avoid self-medication to prevent any damage done to your eyes. The best thing to do is consult an eye specialist if your dry eye symptom persists. Your eye doctor is the only authorized person who has enough knowledge in providing the safest dry eye treatment or acceptable therapy that could promise a satisfying relief to your dry eye.