Dry Eye Treatment

South Jersey Vision Center

Eye Center located in Barrington, NJ

Dry eye is a common, exceedingly uncomfortable condition. Eye care specialists Joseph Kamerling, MD and Paul Speesler, OD of South Jersey Vision Center in Barrington, New Jersey can diagnose the cause of your dry eyes and create a comprehensive treatment plan to manage it. Patients suffering from dry eyes can live more comfortably with a combination of medical care and lifestyle changes.

Dry Eye Treatment Q & A

What is Dry Eye?

As the name suggests, dry eye is a condition that leaves the eyes feeling rough and uncomfortable.

The dryness is due to inadequate lubrication of the eye surface. Put simply, a person with dry eye does not make enough tears to keep the surface of the globe wet.

Some people experience dry eyes in specific situations like when they are on an airplane. For others, this discomfort is a daily grind.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

There are three leading causes of dry eyes: reduced tear production, tear evaporation, and tear composition.

  1. Reduced Tear Production: This often happens as a person ages. Lack of tears may also be a side effect of some chronic medical condition like diabetes or medications such as antihistamines.
  2. Increased Tear EvaporationThis problem tends to be associated with the patient’s environment. For instance, smoke or dry air can cause it. It’s also a side effect of tired eyes. When a person reads or drives for long periods, they tend to blink more to moisturize their eyes. That excess blinking can actually accelerate tear evaporation.
  3. Tear CompositionThe fluid in tears consists of a mix of water, fatty oils, and mucus, so it’s a distinctive liquid. Any imbalance of the formula, like excess fatty oil or insufficient water, leaves the eyes wanting more moisture. 

How is Dry Eye Treated?

Treatment of dry eye starts with a comprehensive eye exam to look for an underlying cause of the dryness like inflammation of the glands or blocked ducts. A treatment plan is then formulated.

Prescription medications can help reduce inflammation to get tears flowing again. Some drugs stimulate tear production, as well. A patient who wears contacts may benefit from changing to a new product.

Every treatment plan includes tips on how to avoid fatigue of the eyes and ways to manage the condition at home.

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