What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome, also known as Dry Eye Disease, is a very common eye condition affecting millions of people.1 Healthy eyes are covered by a thin tear film to help with vision, provide lubrication, act as a barrier against infection and to wash away foreign matter. Dry Eye Syndrome develops because a person does not produce enough tears or the tears that they do produce are not high quality enough to properly lubricate the surface of the eye.
What are the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Patients can experience a multitude of symptoms with Dry Eye Syndrome or Dry Eye Disease. Some of the more common complaints are:
- Scratchy, irritated eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Blurred vision that comes and goes, especially with reading or computer use
- Tired eyes with prolonged reading
- Intermittent sharp, stabbing eye pain
- Watering eyes
If left untreated, severe dry eye disease can result in more serious eye problems such as eye infection or damage to the cornea.2
What are the causes of Dry Eye Syndrome?
There are many causes of Dry Eye Syndrome. Most patients can have several problems leading to their dry eye issues. Some causes or risk factors include:
- Frequent use of certain medications, such as antihistamines, diuretics, birth control pills, or decongestants
- Systemic illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid conditions, sjögren’s syndrome, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases
- History of LASIK eye surgery
- Extended computer, cell phone, or tablet usage
- Glaucoma eye drops
- Hormonal changes such as menopause
- Eyelid diseases such as Demodex, blepharitis, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
- Gender—women are more likely to develop dry eye disease
Diagnosing Dry Eye Syndrome
Valley Eye Institute is proud to offer its patients the area’s premiere Dry Eye Center in west central Ohio. During your dry eye consultation, your doctor will perform an extensive eye exam consisting of:
- Patient questionnaire to assess your complaints, lifestyle, work environment, medications, and detailed health status.
- Tear analysis to detect inflammatory markers and salt content of your tears.
Lipiscan® a detailed analysis of your lid’s oil gland (meibomian gland) function and structure, along with blinking abnormalities.
- Detailed microscopic examination of your eyes looking for tear film, corneal and lid abnormalities, which can contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome.
Dry Eye Treatment
Valley Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Syndrome Center is proud to offer the latest advancements for treatment of your ocular condition. Once a diagnosis is made, your treatment may include one, or several of the following treatment options, depending on the cause and severity of your condition.
- Over-the-counter solutions such as artificial tears and warm compresses
- Prescription eye drops such as Restasis® or Xiidra® to reduce inflammation and promote healthy tear film.
- Biological (serum) tears which use your own body’s natural healing defenses.
- Lipiflow® Thermal pulsation which is a 12 minute in office procedure that gently warms and releases oils that have clogged the glands in your lids, responsible for lubricating your eyes.
- Bleph-Ex® an in-office procedure that uses a handpiece to spin a patented micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids to remove bacterial debris and deposits.
- Natural supplements with omega-3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties to help treat Dry Eye Syndrome.
- Prokera® Amniotic Membrane a biological corneal bandage that helps heal the corneal damage caused by Dry Eye Syndrome.
- Punctal plugs an in-office treatment that plugs the tear ducts, allowing your natural tears to stay in the eye longer.
Contact us for Dry Eye Treatment in West Central Ohio
Our physicians at Valley Eye Institute take Dry Eye Syndrome seriously and work to educate our patients on the causes and treatment of their condition. Valley Eye Institute is proud to be a Dry Eye Center of Excellence in the west central Ohio area.
1 Farrand KF, Fridman M, Stillman IO, Schaumberg DA. Prevalence of Diagnosed Dry Eye Syndrome in the United States Among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older. Am J Ophthalmol 2017;182:90-8
2 Mayo Clinic. Dry Eyes. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863 Accessed July 22, 2021