Dry Eye Treatment at Lenza Eye Center

How Dry Eyes Effects you

Dry Eyes is a group of eye conditions that effect the quantity and the quality of your tear film. This can cause you blurry vision, eye discomfort or red eyes. It can alter your glasses prescription, cause your contact lenses not to fit properly as well as result in eye pain.

Common Symptoms of Dry Eyes Include:

  • Red Eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Tearing
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning sensation
  • Foreign body sensation

How We Diagnose Dry Eyes:

Our Eye Doctors will talk to you about your symptoms and determine what type of tests you need. While testing is helpful in determining the level of dry eyes, it is the presence of one or more symptoms that is really makes the diagnosis. Lenza Eye Center uses the following dry eye diagnostics tests:

  • Dry Eye Questionnaire
  • Fluorescein Dye test
  • Computerized Tear Break up Time Analysis
  • Tear Osmolarity Test.

What Causes Dry Eyes:

Inflammation in the tear film is the major cause of dry eyes in patients under 40 years of age. In patients over age 40, it is a combination of medications and reduction in tear production. The most common conditions that cause or worsen dry eyes include:

  • Allergies in the eyes
  • Certain Medications such as cold and sinus medications, some anti depressants, and some blood pressure medications.
  • Eye lid inflammation (also called Blepharitis or Ocular Rosacea)
  • Rosacea
  • Certain Autoimmune Conditions
  • Contact lens use
  • Ocular glaucoma drops
  • Age

How Do We Treat Dry Eyes:

Since Inflammation in the tear film is the major cause of dry eyes, the most successful treatment focuses on eliminating the cause of the inflammation. Your Eye Doctor will perform a thorough exam to determine if there are any underlying conditions worsening your dry eyes. Treatment include the following:

  • Lubricating eye drops and gels
  • Restasis
  • Lid Scrubs
  • Prescription eye drops for eye allergies
  • Change in contact lenses
  • Change in contact lens solutions
  • Short course of steroid eye drops
  • Punctal plugs

Dry Eyes is a medical condition covered under your medical health insurance. So rest assured you do not need to suffer anymore. Lenza eye doctors will help you achieve your most comfortable vision with the help of caring doctors, thorough exams and advanced testing. If you are currently suffering from dry eyes please call us today to schedule an appointment.