Dry Eye Treatment
Find relief from dry, itchy, irritated eyes.
Dry eyes affect millions of people in the United States. It is estimated that as many as 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from this uncomfortable condition.
If you need help, book an appointment at James L. Greco Jr., OD. We’ll help you find a treatment option that brings you the relief you’re searching for.
What are the common symptoms of dry eye?
Everyone experiences dry eye differently because there are so many potential underlying causes.
Typical symptoms include:
- Redness or eyes that appear irritated and bloodshot
- Consistent burning or tingling sensations in the eyes
- Eyes that feel itchy or as if they have something in them
- Increased sensitivity to bright lights or sunlight
- Excessive tearing, or eyes that always appear watery
What causes dry eye?
There are many potential causes of dry eye.
In some cases, the cause is obvious, such as environmental irritants or short-term inflammation.
Some of the other causes of chronic dry eye problems include:
- Disease of the meibomian glands
- Defects that affect the eyelid or shape of the eye
- Certain medications
- Abnormal eye pressure
- Deficiency of aqueous fluids
Because the underlying causes vary, treatment methods after diagnosis will also vary according to the patient. It is also not uncommon for there to be more than one cause for dry eye.
How is dry eye diagnosed and treated?
Over 23 million Americans experience dry eye symptoms, commonly bothering contact lens wearers, and those with diabetes, allergies, and glaucoma.
Through imaging of the meibomian glands, measuring the osmolarity of the tear film, and screening for certain conditions, we are able to diagnose and provide treatment for the condition. Learn more about the state-of-the-art technology used at our practice to detect dry eye here.
Dry eye assessment is billable through major medical insurance and will help diagnose ocular surface conditions & give information about the degree and severity of dry eye.
Patients can talk with Dr. Greco about treatment options including a radio frequency treatment to improve tear flow production, possibly combined with a supplement that has helped other patients.
If you are struggling with digital stress syndrome and dry eye symptoms including scratchy, gritty, burning, or itching of your eyes, call our office and schedule a dry eye assessment for help and relief.
Some of the typical treatments include:
- Prescription eye drops to combat inflammation
- Treating oil glands
- Blinking exercises or proper eyelid hygiene
If an infection is causing the issue, low-dose antibiotics may also be prescribed.
Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable — they can also be bad for the health of your eyes. Book an appointment at James L. Greco Jr., OD to find relief.