At Nappanee Family Eyecare, we understand the inconvenience of dry eye symptoms. Allow us to provide a thorough treatment plan for those who suffer from dry eye.
Dry eye syndrome (DES), also known as dry eye disease, is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision.
Often times, with dry eye suffers, it is found that there is an imbalance of the ratio of healthy fats in the body. Therefore the meibomian glands, located at the ridge of the eyelids, may become inflamed and the oil they produce becomes thick. Thickening of the oil causes blockages in the glands and prevents the production of the important tear film lipid layer. Without this lipid layer, the tear layer evaporates, resulting in dry eyes and blurred vision.
Dry eyes can be a chronic condition, but your optometrist can prescribe treatment to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable and to prevent your vision from being affected.
The primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eyes include adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, oral supplements, increasing tear production, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.
If you suspect that you have dry eye, schedule an appointment with your eye care provider. Proper care will not only increase your comfort – it will protect your eyes. Your eye care provider at Nappanee Family Eyecare can perform a series of tests to determine if you have dry eyes. Yearly vision exams are vital to early detection and management of ocular diseases.
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