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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome can be one of the most difficult eye conditions to endure.  Those who suffer from dry eyes know what a daily battle it can be.  The eyes may be red, burning, irritated, can sometimes water profusely and uncontrollably, and can even make vision blurry and less than perfect.  Often, people suffering from advanced dry eye get little to no relief from simple over the counter treatments, such as lubricant drops and artificial tears.  You need to suffer no longer.  There are a host of advanced treatments available, and we stay on the cutting edge of the technology.


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The first key to succesful dry eye treatment is to identify the exact type of dry eye you suffer from.  There are actually a lot of different variations.  There are, in fact, several different layers to your tears, produced and maintained by different cells and glands.  A breakdown in any one of these layers is a different type of dry eye.  Therefore, we cater your treatment program to the specific type of dry eye you have.



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What about tear drops?

The simplest initial treatment for dry eyes, especially mild dry eyes, can be the use of lubricant and tear drops.  There are many options available.  It is important to find the one that best aids the type of dry eye you have.  Some are available as ointments and gels, often used at night as they can be a little "gummy" and temporarily blur the vision.




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Medicated drops or prescriptions

There are some very good options available in prescription strength medications.  Restasis, Lotemax and Alrex are a few you may have seen.  These often help quite a bit with inflammatory types of dry eye, or for initial treatment prior to using the more advanced therapies.




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Punctal Occlusion

This is a technique used to block the "tear drains" in the eye.  A small piece of silicone or collagen is inserted to lessen the amount of tears leaving the eye.  This can be useful for people who produce a decent quality tear, but just not enough quantity.




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Amniotic Membrane Graft

This treatment is more advanced.  The use of an amniotic membrane, such as Prokera (which we use), can help to heal a damaged cornea and restore good corneal health. Poor cornea health can be a common problem with advanced dry eye syndrome.  The membrane is usually left in place for 48 hours, with long lasting effect.



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These, of course, are but a few of the options available for dry eye sufferers to find relief.  If you have battled dry eye with little help, please let Dr. Howard know during your visit.  He will be happy to help guide you to the treatment that is right for you.