Chronic Dry Eye

Our Pembroke Pines Optometrist specialize in diagnosing and treating chronic dry eyes.

As one of the most under-diagnosed diseases that occur with human eyes, dry eye is a real problem for many people. As the name suggests, dry eye occurs when there are not enough tears produced to keep the eye comfortable. Tears are needed to keep the eye functioning properly. If your eyes don't have enough water then they can literally start to dry up, become irritated, itchy, and eventually this can cause permanent start to dry up, become irritated, itchy, and eventually this can cause permanent damage.

Evaporative and Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye are the two kinds of dry eye that will be discussed.  A majority of dry eye cases are evaporative dry eye. This happens when glands below your eyelids are blocked and your tears evaporate some 4 to 16 times faster than usual.

Dry eyes, if left untreated, can lead to permanent eye damage. It's important to talk to your optometrist if you experience any dry eye symptoms.

Aqueous Deficient is a far less common form of dry eye, but still no less concerning. When you are dealing with this type of dry eye your glands are not producing enough water to keep the eyes moist. Not enough water reaches the surface of the eye in these cases as your tears are deficient.

What are Symptoms of Dry Eye

While you may get reactions from time to time that sound like they could be dry eye, many people simply attribute these things to something else. "Oh it's allergy season," is one of the biggest misappropriations when discussing dry eye. Symptoms may sound rather common, but if you experience these in excess or for prolonged periods, you could be suffering from dry eye.

Symptoms Include

  • Redness, irritation, scratchiness
  • Difficulty fitting or keeping in contact lenses
  • Burning or stinging in your eyes
  • Mucus or puss around the eye
  • Excessive Tearing

Yes that's right. Excessive tearing is one of the symptoms of dry eye. The presence of tears does not necessarily mean that the eye is properly lubricated. When the eye is irritated by dryness, the lacrimal gland (which produces water in the eye) begins producing an excessive amount of tears. The drainage avenues of the eye can then become overwhelmed, making those excess tears a real issue, while they are still not lubricating the eye.

How is Dry Eye diagnosed?

If you feel you may be suffering from dry eye, the easiest way to diagnose the condition is by heading to your eye doctor and letting him or her examine youreyes. If your optometrist is unsure about whether or not you really do have dry eye, they may offer you a test to gauge your eyes’ tear production.

There are different tear production tests. One of these tests is known as the Schirmer tear test. This test is completed by putting paper strips underneath your lower eyelids. These strips are able to measure the tear production in a variety of situations. Your doctor may also use some type of diagnostic test to determine the patterns of dryness on your eye

How is Dry Eye Treated?

Treatment of dry eyes can be accomplished in a variety of ways. You may need to experiment with a few before you find the best treatment for you.

Adding Tears

One of the ways that individuals can treat dry eyes is by actually adding tears. This will do the job of lubricating the eyes and making sure that moisture stays in your eye. The good news for those who may not be sure about their dry eyes is that you can get these artificial tears over the counter and use them as often as you like. However, if you come to rely on them, you should be examined for dry eye.

Dry Eye Releif

For those suffering from dry eyes and not getting results from other practitioners, Rapid Pathogen Systems (RPS) offers Elite Vision the ability to read the cause of their dry eye disease.  This means patients will be offered the correct diagnosis and treatment that will combat their dry eye disease once and for all.  Elite has pioneered a system that utilizes technology for diagnosis and a tailored regiment of eye vitamins and supplements that addresses the underlying causes of dry eye disease.  This process has proven to save our patients time, discomfort and money.

At Elite Vision Center, we are experienced in diagnosing and treating dry eye. If you would like to be examined or simply have questions about dry eye or other optical conditions, please contact us.

Call Your Optometrist

This requires a doctor’s visit, as they will close out the channel in your nose where tears run through. Closing off this channel, either temporarily or permanently, will conserve your natural tears and make them last even longer.

At Elite Vision Center, we are experienced in diagnosing and treating dry eye. If you would like to be examined or simply have questions about dry eye or other optical conditions, please contact us.