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Artificial tears are commonly prescribed for mild to moderate cases of dry eye. The tears are used several times a day when you feel that your eyes are drying out. Artificial tears can be purchased over the counter or given to you by an optometrist.
Our optometrist can prescribe a medication that is designed to help your eye produce more, higher-quality tears. Restasis is the most commonly prescribed medication.
Eye inserts are slow-release artificial tears. The insert is tiny, about the size of a grain of rice. You would place the insert between your eye and your lower lid, and throughout the day, it will dissolve slowly, keeping your eyes moisturized.
In severe cases of dry eye, your optometrist may want to close off your tear ducts either partially or entirely. This is done to prevent the tears that you do produce from draining away. The punctal plugs that your eye doctor would use are made of silicone.
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If you wear contacts, our optometrist can fit you with a contact lens that will both correct your vision and treat your dry eye. Scleral contact lenses sit on the white of your eye rather than the cornea the way that traditional lenses do. The contacts vault over the cornea, trapping moisture in your eyes.
If you are responding well to the punctal plugs, your optometrist may want to close off the tear ducts permanently using this form of eye surgery. This is done through a procedure called thermal cautery, which uses heat to close the tear ducts partially or completely.
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Frequency Asked Question
Dry eye syndrome can be caused by several factors depending on your health history, habits, or environmental factors. Below are some of the most common reasons why it happens:
- Computer screen usage: This is the most common cause of dry eye syndrome. The eyes are constantly irritated by the blue-green light emitted from computer screens, and this can aggravate the condition.
- Medications: If you are taking medications for other conditions, such as antihistamines or anti-depressants, the side effects can cause dry eye syndrome.
- Climate: The weather can be a contributing factor to this condition. If you live in a cold climate, working in a heated environment can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated.
- Aging: As we grow older, the natural oils in our eyes lessen, making them more vulnerable to dryness.
Dry eye is a common affliction caused by tear ducts not being able to work efficiently. Treatments for dry eye include artificial tears, ointments, or even certain types of surgery. Our optometrist can help you determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Also, newer technology, such as using an optomap can provide retinal imaging to help identify the root cause of dry eye. Although dry eye is not typically seen as an emergency, it can be extremely uncomfortable and bothersome. We’ll work hard to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
There are several things you can do to prevent dry eye from occurring. First, avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. This will help keep your eyes healthy and free from irritants. Secondly, use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops as needed. This will help keep your eyes moist and prevent them from becoming dry and irritated. Finally, make sure to see an eye doctor regularly so that any underlying conditions can be treated before they cause dry eye.
The first step in treating dry eye is to contact Eyes on 45th in Fargo, ND. We can provide the relief you need. We’ll start by conducting a comprehensive eye exam to determine why you have symptoms. Call today to schedule an appointment! Our team of eye care professionals looks forward to providing you with the treatment you deserve.