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Do you suffer from dry eyes? Seasonal allergies? Itchy, tearing, burning eyes? Have you been diagnosed with dry eye? Many people struggle with dry eyes—but help is right around the corner.
Your Eye Specialists (YES) is proud to offer specialized treatment for dry eyes at our Dry Eye Center for Excellence in our Weston location, located at 2200 N Commerce Parkway Suite 110, Weston, Florida 33326.
Now offering Dry Eye Evaluations and many vision treatments to bring you comfort from the disruption that dry eye can bring to your life.
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Calling 954-452-9922, ext. 317
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a medical condition caused when your body fails to produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes. Nearly five million Americans over age 50 suffer from this very common condition.
The symptoms of dry eye can include:
- Blurred vision and eye fatigue
- Burning, scratchy, and stinging eyes
- Excessive mucus in your eyes
- Feeling like there’s sand in your eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Problems wearing contact lenses
- Reddened, swollen eyes
- Watery, leaky eyes, which is a physical response to dry eye irritation
Dry eyes can feel very uncomfortable because the condition causes inflammation and damage to the surface of the eyes. You may experience this condition temporarily. For example, air conditioning can cause your eyes to feel dry, or staring at a computer screen for long periods without blinking can cause the eyes to dry out.
However, dry eye can be a chronic condition that causes the eyes to sting and burn regularly. Seeking treatment from the Dry Eye Center can help you live comfortably and protect your vision from the damage caused by dry eye syndrome. A simple, painless exam and drops may be all you need to alleviate these symptoms and keep your eyes healthy.
There are several reasons that normal tear production can be disrupted. Changes in your hormones as you age, allergies, or even autoimmune or other diseases can disrupt the delicate tear film designed to lubricate your eyes.
Dry eye often happens simply as a result of aging. Over time, your tear production may decrease, a condition known as keratoconjunctivitis. Some medications can cause dry eye as a side effect. Even certain forms of arthritis or thyroid disorders, which are all very common, can cause dry eyes.
While these conditions may cause the body to produce less aqueous fluid, which is the water that lubricates the eyes, you may also suffer from increased tear evaporation caused by clogging of small glands on the sides of your eye called the meibomian glands. If you suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea, blocked meibomian glands are very common. Even eye allergies, or smoking can cause this problem to occur.
Dry eye syndrome is the chronic form of the condition known as dry eyes. Experiencing chronically irritated and dry eyes can eventually cause corneal scarring or make your eyes prone to bacterial infections. The good news is that these problems are easily corrected in the majority of cases.
Each time you blink, your eyes are bathed in a protective tear coating. These lubricating tears are more complex than you might imagine. There are three layers to every drop of moisture in your eyes:
- An oil or lipid layer that helps reduce tear evaporation
- A water or aqueous layer
- A mucin layer that helps the tears stick to the eyes surface
The tear layer performs four important functions to keep your eyes healthy:
- Decreases the risks of eye infection
- Flushes out any foreign particles in the eyes
- Keeps the eyes clear and smooth
- Lubricates and protects the eyes
When any part of the tear film doesn’t work correctly, you will begin to experience dry eyes. What’s happening is that the surface of your eye is developing dry spots due to decreased tear production. What you experience is the dry scratchy redness of dry eye. When this condition becomes chronic, dry eye syndrome is the result.
Dry eyes can be easily diagnosed by your eye doctor. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of dry eye, call us and we will set up your appointment. During your first visit, a number of painless tests will help us determine your course of treatment. This could include:
- A comprehensive eye exam and overall health history
- A tear osmolarity test to measure the composition of the lubrication in your eyes
- An eye test to measure the quality of your tear production
- Tear samples may be taken to look for evidence of dry eye disease
- A test that looks at how the tears spread across the eyes
- A test to measure the volume of your tear production
Your doctor will conduct a thorough assessment of the severity of your symptoms and how long you’ve experienced them. The tests will help your doctor determine the underlying condition that led to the symptoms you’re experiencing. Then a treatment plan is determined.
If you are diagnosed with occasional dry eyes, over-the-counter artificial tear eyedrops may be all you need. If you have the more chronic dry eye syndrome, the treatment may depend on what is causing the condition to occur. For example, if a medication is causing dry eyes as a side effect, your doctor may recommend an alternative drug that doesn’t cause dry eye.
There are also several prescription treatments available to help resolve the symptoms of dry eyes. These often come in the form of eye drops, but could also include oral medications. This could include:
- Antibiotics to reduce eye inflammation
- Drugs to stimulate tears
- Eye inserts that work similarly to artificial tears
When medications fail to resolve dry eye syndrome, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to close the tear ducts or to clear blocked oil glands. If your condition isn’t chronic even some at-home remedies may help, including using a warm wet cloth over the eyes to reduce the stinging and burning. Your doctor may recommend a few natural supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids.
SAY YES TO SOUTH FLORIDA’S TOP DRY EYE CENTER
While 50% of Americans experience the condition known as dry eyes sometime in their lifetimes, treatments are available now to protect your eyes and keep you more comfortable. If you’re experiencing the scratch, itchy discomfort, or if you notice your eyes blur after too much time on the computer, it’s time to see your eye doctor.
The team at Your Eye Specialists (YES) Dry Eye Center for Excellence specializes in the condition known as dry eye syndrome. Call on us—we’re here to help.