Dry Eye

Watery, Red or Itchy Eyes?

You may have dry eyes.

People with dry eyes may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision. Symptoms include:

1. Redness.

2. Watery eyes.

3. Stringy mucus near the eye.

4. Blurry vision or inability to tolerate contact lens wear comfortably for normal hours.

Treatment

  • Adding tears. Mild cases of dry eyes can often be managed using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions. These can be used as often as needed to supplement natural tear production. Preservative-free artificial tear solutions are recommended because they contain fewer additives, which can further irritate the eyes. People with dry eyes that don't respond to artificial tears alone will need to take additional steps to treat their dry eyes.
  • Increasing tear production. A doctor of optometry can prescribe eye drops that increase tear production. Taking an omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplement may also help.
  • Treating the contributing eyelid or ocular surface inflammation. A doctor of optometry might recommend prescription eye drops or ointments, warm compresses and lid massage, or eyelid cleaners to help decrease inflammation around the surface of the eyes.

If you have tried these at home treatments and still suffer from dry eyes, contact lens intolerance, or a dependence on artificial tears to make it through your day, consider an in office gland therapy that has the potential to alleviate your symptoms.  The oil glands of the eye are difficult to unclog at times, which leads to worsening of dry eyes.  The iLux device uses gentle heat and pressure to empty the glands and make your tears flow more smoothly.

After a simple 20 minute treatment in our office with the ILux device, some of our patients have been happy they now need artificial tears much less than before. Oftentimes, this relief is immediate or noticed the next day and relief lasts for months.

Learn more about the Alcon ILux Device

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