Do you suffer from these symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be more than annoying—symptoms can keep coming back and might get worse over time, even damaging the surface of your eye. There are many differing symptoms of dry eye; here are some of the more common ones.
One type of Chronic Dry Eye disease can occur when you cannot make enough of your own tears, causing your eyes to feel constantly dry.
Constant irritation caused by Chronic Dry Eye can also cause your eyes to water incessantly.
There are many factors that can cause blurred vision; chronic dry eye is just one of them.
Grittiness or itchiness
Chronic Dry Eye syndrome can often make you feel like something is constantly in your eye.
Redness or irritation
If your eye is constantly red or irritated, you could be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.
What results are possible?
Once a cause for your Chronic Dry Eye is determined, your ophthalmologist can determine a treatment, either pharmaceutical or interventional to alleviate the symptoms.
What treatment options are available for Chronic Dry Eye?
For most people with occasional or mild dry eye symptoms, it’s enough to regularly use over-the-counter eyedrops (artificial tears). If your symptoms are persistent and more serious, you have other options, including treatments such as: LipiFlow and IPL. What you do depends on what’s causing your dry eyes. Some treatments focus on reversing or managing a condition or factor that’s causing your dry eyes. Other treatments can improve your tear quality or stop your tears from quickly draining away from your eyes.
THE GEORGIA OPHTHALMOLOGISTS APPROACH
While there are various options to treat Chronic Dry Eye, we offer the most advanced individualized care. This combined with Georgia Ophthalmologists’ extensive experience provides patients with superior results that controls the symptoms and restores comfort.
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Had cataract surgery. Dr. Bigles was amazing. Please if anyone is worried or scared about cataract surgery just make an appointment with him. He will quiet your fears.N.W.
Dr. Bigles is awesome! His surgical staff is wonderful and they were all very reassuring and supportive when I had my cataract surgery last year. Very caring and compassionate!M.S.
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Excellent care. Never was treated so nicely or the same in The Bronx N.Y. Can’t wait for my next appointment. Great job everyone.D.T.
When the day came glasses/contacts were no longer sufficient options, Dr. Bigles assured me Multifocal Lens replacement was the answer. For the first time in my life, I have no glasses, no contacts, colors are more vivid, everything is crystal clear. The gift of sight is priceless.C.M.
Tear production may be inadequate for a variety of reasons.
Georgia Ophthalmologists can determine the cause of your Chronic Dry Eye and determine a course of treatment to restore your eye comfort.
Scientists used to think dry eye was caused by not making enough tears. Today, we know it’s more complicated than that. Dry eye is a disease of not just tear quantity, but also tear quality. Healthy tears help lubricate, heal, and protect the surface of the eye. But when you have poor-quality tears, they can contribute to inflammation.
Scientists believe that inflammation on the surface of the eye may be a key factor in causing dry eye. Inflammation is typically an immune system response to stress, irritation, bacteria, toxins, or any of a number of causes.
You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours. That kind of stress can lead to inflammation on the surface of your eyes, which can lead to more stress. The cycle can go on and on. And your dry eye symptoms can get worse. Chronic Dry Eye usually affects both eyes.
Treatments for dry eyes may make you more comfortable. These treatments can include lifestyle changes, eyedrops or surgery. You’ll likely need to take these measures indefinitely to control the symptoms of dry eyes.
During your consultation, your ophthalmologist will perform a complete eye examination that includes a thorough medical history. Your ophthalmologist will then decide what course of treatment is recommended.
There are several treatment options for Chronic Dry Eye, dependent on the source of the condition.
• Punctal occlusion can be used to permanently or temporarily close off your tear drainage channels, allowing you to retain your own natural tears, without the need for eye drops.
• Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) is a simple and comfortable treatment that has been shown to help relieve dry eye symptoms, particularly when associated with congestion of eyelid glands (Meibomian gland dysfunction).
• LipiFlow (IPL) is a thermal pulsation system developed to treat evaporative dry eye by unblocking the Meibomian Glands which produce the lipid (oil) layer of our tear film.
• If you have an eyelid condition, such as out-turning lids (ectropion), your doctor may refer you to Georgia Ophthalmologists’ oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph Walrath, who specializes in plastic surgery of the eyelids.
During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss which treatment option is best for you.