What Is The Recommended Surgery For Dry Eye?
Some patients with excessive dry eye are advised by their eye doctors to undergo a surgery for dry eye. Depending on the type of dry eye problem, whether it is an evaporative dry eye or a dry eye disease, a complete eye examination will be done first to determine the real cause of the dryness and if the patient is an ideal candidate for a surgical procedure.
Here are some of the common dry eye symptoms
- Blurry vision.
- Discomfort feeling due to persistent dryness.
- Sandy or gritty feeling inside the eyes.
- Sensitivity to light.
General causes of dry eye
- Menopausal stage where there is hormonal imbalance in the woman’s bodily system.
- Birth control pills.
- Certain illnesses that may prevent the normal tear production like rheumatoid arthritis, collagen vascular disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, and/or thyroid disease
- Reported side effects to the application of certain eye cosmetics in women.
- Abnormal eyelid structure/closure especially after cosmetic eyelid surgery.
- Part of the aging process.
- Prolonged wearing of contact lenses.
- Different systemic medications such as antihistamines or blood pressure medications.
Some external factors could also lead to the dryness
- Extreme hot weather conditions.
- Windy and dusty environment.
- Extended hours in front of the computer screen or television aka Computer Vision Syndrome.
- Long period of confinement in air-conditioned rooms.
The recommended treatments for dry eye
Depending on the patient’s level of dryness, here are the following suggestions which combine home remedies, eye medications and surgery procedure in severe cases of dry eyes.
- Warm compresses are applied on the eyelids to provide relief.
- Over-the-counter artificial tear solutions that provide moisture in the eyes. If the condition worsens, prescribed ointments are given to the patient to be applied at night while sleeping to prevent any drying from taking place.
- Use of punctal plugs which may be temporary, then, later could lead to permanent punctal occlusion. The main objective of this procedure is to conserve the tear supply in the eyes.
- Eye surgery will be done only after all sorts of eye medications and dry eye therapy treatments have been tried, but failed to treat the problem. The surgery is an out-patient case where topical anesthetic is used to numb the eyes during the surgery procedure. The procedure is a 12 minute outpatient eyelid massage-like treatment that will help with tear film evaporation known as the Lipfilow treatment.
Additional tips and warning
Avoid doing self-medication, especially if your dry eye condition causes severe discomfort and prevents you from doing your daily activities. Talk to your dry eye doctor and ask if a LipiFlow procedure is advisable. Don’t forget to ask the LipiFlow treatment cost.