Dry Eye Treatment

Dry Eye Treatment
Types Of Dry Eye

Aqueous deficiency: This type of dry eye refers to the condition where our lacrimal gland does not make enough of the watery part of our tears. As a result, the ocular surface can be compromised. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD): With MGD, our oil glands of our eyes are blocked, leading to tears that do not have enough oils. Without enough oil, our tears evaporate too quickly, causing dry eye.

What Causes Dry Eye?

There are many different causes of dry eyes. Some of the many causes include:

  • Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and high blood pressure medication
  • Advancing age. Dry eye is much more common in individuals over the age of 50
  • Rosasea (an inflammatory skin disease) or blepharitis (an inflammatory eyelid disease)
  • Autoimmune disorders such as Sjogrens syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Windy, smoky, or dry environments
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Prolonged screen time
  • Eyelid abnormalities causing incomplete blinking
Dry Eye Treatment

Depending on what causes are responsible for your dry eye, our eye doctor will customize the most suitable dry eye treatment plan for you. For aqueous deficiency dry eye, treatment may include topical ointments and eye drops (both prescription and non-prescription), punctal plugs to block tear drainage, hydration masks, warm compresses, and Omega-3 supplements.

For meibomian gland dysfunction we may recommended manual expression of your oil glands, lid scrubs, hydration masks, lubricating eye drops, omega-3 supplements, or Lipiflow therapy to stimulate your oil glands.