Dry Eye Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Dry Eye Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Dry eye syndrome can be difficult to deal with. The American Academy of Ophthalmology stresses the importance of proper dry eye diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Working with your eye doctor can make this happen. Here are the details you must remember to understand this eye condition.

 

Diagnosis

 

Dry eye happens if you do not have the right amount of quality tears to nourish and moisten your eyes. Studies reveal that tears are important in keeping the eye surface healthy. They also help provide you with a clear vision. Dry eye is common in older adults. The eye doctor can diagnose a patient with this condition by performing a comprehensive eye exam. Here are some of the steps involved in this exam:

 

  • The eye doctor will ask about the patient’s symptoms, noting the external factors that may be contributing to dry eye is important. The factors include medications and general health issues.

  • There will be an external eye exam. The eye doctor will check the eye’s blink dynamics and lid structure.

  • The eye doctor will use magnification and light to examine the cornea and eyelids.

  • Measuring the quality and quantity of your tears is necessary as well. Any abnormalities will come out of this assessment.

 

Available Treatments

 

The eye doctor will discuss the treatment options once the diagnosis is complete. Your eye doctor will describe each treatment and its importance. The aim of these treatments is to maintain or bring back the normal quantity and quality of tears. That way, the pain and dryness levels can go down significantly. Here are the treatments you can consider:
 

 

  • Treating the inflammation on the eye’s surface or the eyelid that contributes to the condition is possible with prescription ointments or eye drops. Eyelid cleaners, lid massages, or warm compresses can also help.

  • Adding more tears is an effective way to treat dry eye symptoms. There are over-the-counter synthetic tears that can help relieve mild symptoms. These artificial tears can fill the shortage of natural tears. Choose those without any preservatives so you can prevent further eye irritation.

  • Increasing the production of natural tears is also a good option. You can do this by taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

  • Saving the natural tears that you have can also reduce your dry eye symptoms. This is possible by blocking the tear ducts with gel-like or silicone plugs.

 

Preventive Measures

 

If you have a good amount of natural tears, you will not experience pain, discomfort, and dryness. Your eye doctor can teach you some methods to prevent this eye condition. Blinking often while staring at the computer or reading for hours can trigger eye lubrication. Hydrating can help increase your tear production as well.

 

You can take in more fatty acids to reduce the symptoms. Using a humidifier can moisten your indoor air. Shielding your eyes with UV-protective sunglasses can keep your eyes from drying out. Quitting smoking can keep your eyes well-lubricated.

 

Proper dry eye diagnosis and treatment can help relieve your symptoms. Preventing this condition can maintain your eye health. At Eye Health Consultants, we assist our patients in achieving their eye health goals. Please visit our clinic in Spring, Texas, for an in-person consultation. Please call us at 281-419-3355 to schedule an appointment or inquire about our dry eye treatment packages.

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