Dry eye

Dry eye is a common condition when the eye does not make sufficient tears or produces poor-quality tears. In Utah, our high altitude and dry climate often make symptoms much worse. Other factors including the natural aging process, extended contact lens wear, certain medical conditions and even some medicines can intensify this condition.

Dry eye

Dry eye is a common condition when the eye does not make sufficient tears or produces poor-quality tears. In Utah, our high altitude and dry climate often make symptoms much worse. Other factors including the natural aging process, extended contact lens wear, certain medical conditions and even some medicines can intensify this condition.

Symptoms of dry eye

  • Fluctuation of vision
  • Stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation
  • Feeling of something in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watering eyes
  • Red eyes

Symptoms of dry eye

  • Fluctuation of vision
  • Stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation
  • Feeling of something in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watering eyes
  • Red eyes

Treatment for dry eye

Dry eye treatments include:

  • Increased water intake- try to drink half your body weight in ounces a day.
  • Decreased caffeine intake.
  • Start an Omega 3 supplement – talk to your physician beforehand about how many milligrams a day is right for you.
  • Use a warm compress – You can buy a special mask or use white rice in a sock. Hold the warm compress on your eyes for 5 minutes at a time, twice a day.
  • Start using a humidifier
  • Redirect air vents away from your face.
  • Start an artificial tear drop.

In more severe cases of dry eye your physician may discuss other options such as:

  • Restasis – a prescription medicine that can make a big impact on treating dry eye. Cyclosporine 0.5% (Restasis) helps decrease any inflammation on the surface of the eye.
  • Xiidra- a prescription medicine which was specifically designed to target inflammation that can cause dry eye.
  • Punctal plugs
  • Serum tears

Treatment for dry eye

Dry eye treatments include:

  • Increased water intake- try to drink half your body weight in ounces a day.
  • Decreased caffeine intake.
  • Start an Omega 3 supplement – talk to your physician beforehand about how many milligrams a day is right for you.
  • Use a warm compress – You can buy a special mask or use white rice in a sock. Hold the warm compress on your eyes for 5 minutes at a time, twice a day.
  • Start using a humidifier
  • Redirect air vents away from your face.
  • Start an artificial tear drop.

In more severe cases of dry eye your physician may discuss other options such as:

  • Restasis – a prescription medicine that can make a big impact on treating dry eye. Cyclosporine 0.5% (Restasis) helps decrease any inflammation on the surface of the eye.
  • Xiidra- a prescription medicine which was specifically designed to target inflammation that can cause dry eye.
  • Punctal plugs
  • Serum tears

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    Walter Nicholes
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