The dry eye problem can affect almost every individual, but it is usually evident to elder people and women experiencing hormonal changes brought by pregnancies and menopausal stages. Other persons who have symptoms of dry eyes associate it as a side effect after undergoing an eye surgery procedure, which is only a temporary case and an effective solution for dry eyes is advised by the attending eye doctor.
Below are the general recommendations for the dry eye treatment:
Application of medicated eye drops (artificial tear solutions/lubricants/ointments)
The common medication for dry eyes is the application of medicated eye drops specifically formulated for dry eyes such as artificial tear solutions, lubricants and ointments which are readily available over the counter of most reliable drugstores, They are intended to provide instant relief and moisture in the eyes.
Use of temporary punctal plugs
The other option performed by a dry eye doctor to treat the dry eye symptoms is the use of temporary punctal plugs to close the patient’s ducts. The main objective of this procedure is to test if the patient will still be required to undergo a permanent punctal occlusion procedure in order to maintain the normal supply of tears inside the eyes.
Permanent punctal occlusion
In the event temporary plugs worked effectively to the patient, the eye surgeon will recommend the permanent placement of plugs to provide long-lasting improvement to the tear production of the patient and lessen the dependency on artificial tear solutions.
Other eye medications
Patients diagnosed with chronic dry eye disease are also given FDA eye medication called “Restasis” and other forms of topical anti-inflammatories to alleviate any discomfort resulting from severe drying effect of the eyes.
Dry eye surgery
When all medicated eye drop solutions for dry eyes have been proven to be ineffective as dry eye therapy treatment, the final remedy given to the patient is a dry eye surgery where the meibomian glands can be treated with Lipiflow thermal pulsation if the patient has evaporative type dry eye disease.
Here are the usual complaints of a person believed to have the dry eye condition:
Different levels of discomfort (ranging from mild, manageable and escalating to worst case of dryness)
Sensitivity to light
Sandy or gritty feeling in the eyes
Swelling of the eyelids
Who are mostly affected with the dry eye syndrome?
Women who are in the post-menopausal period
Women who are taking contraceptive pills
Individuals with certain illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, collagen vascular disease, Sjogren’s syndrome
Medications such as antihistamines and/or blood pressure medications such as diuretics
Prior cosmetic eyelid surgery
Elderly people or AGE syndrome
There are also external factors that may aggravate the dry eye complications such as:
Windy or dusty environment
Extended exposure in front of the computer screen or Computer Vision Syndrome
Long confinement in air-conditioned rooms
Don’t misjudge simple dryness in your eyes as a normal condition that will just go away in due time without any medications or consultation with an eye specialist. If you feel extreme discomfort from your dry eyes symptoms and preventing to live a normal life, then, go and visit your eye doctor for a more extensive eye examination to know the real cause of the eye disorder.