4 Vital Measures To Follow: Dry Eye Treatment
Did you know that tears play a major role in the proper nourishment of the eyes? Based on medical research, about 70% of our eyes nutrition is derived from quality tear production. Eye specialists recommend that you consult their clinics, in order to receive the best dry eye treatment for the relief of dry eye symptoms.
Here are 4 vital measures that every individual should follow.
Determine the real causes of the dry eye
Many of us do experience different levels of dry eye symptoms that don’t truly affect daily lives and activities. However, there are some symptoms which, when persistent, can affect the health of the eye, and ultimately our vision.
Dry eye problems are usually associated with the lack of quality tear production. This is essential for conserving moisture in the eyes. External factors can also lead to these symptoms, factors such as windy or dusty environments, extended exposure in air-conditioned rooms, or long hours in front of the computer screen. Occasionally some patients complain of having dryness after undergoing an eye surgery procedure. This is usually only a temporary complication and is treated with lubricating eye drops.
Undergo an comprehensive eye examination
A comprehensive eye examination is required to verify the specific cause of the problem. Once, the diagnosis is determined, artificial eye drops are given to lubricate the eyes and provide instant relief. Other commonly used eye medications are Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose or Carboxy Methylcellulose.
Patients with chronic dry eyes may be advised to undergo an advanced dry eye therapy. There are several to choose from, and they may include the use of punctual occlusion plugs (temporary or permanent) or an eye surgery to be performed by a dry eye surgeon.
For patients with other eye diseases like meibomian glands dysfunction or blepharitis, topical antibiotic and/or anti-inflammatory eye drops/gels/ointments are administered as part of the treatment.
Conserve the tears
The goal of this procedure is to conserve the natural tears produced by the eyes as well as the artificial tears solutions put inside the affected eyes. The cauterization of the lacrimal punctum is available, if other treatments are proven to be ineffective. There are other home remedies that can be used to prevent the quick evaporation of moisture inside the eyes such as:
- Wearing of protective glasses when exposed to extreme heat, windy or dusty environment.
- Use of goggles when swimming.
- Avoid frequent rubbing of the eyes.
- Try blinking to spread the tears more often.
- Use of a humidifier inside the home or offices to maintain moisture in areas where dry air is being experienced.
- Avoid smoking
- If none of these prevent evaporation of the tear film, then a simple 12-minute outpatient procedure such as Lipiflow can be performed at your certified dry eye specialist’s office.
If you aren’t sure of the actual cause of your dry eye symptoms, seek immediate consultation with your eye doctor. He/she is the right person who can provide an accurate diagnosis, plus provide possible solutions for dry eyes. Don’t let dry eye prevent you from living a full and normal life!