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Suffering From Dry Eye? Get Relief Fast!

Dry eye syndrome can be caused by numerous factors. Our team is dedicated to finding the root cause after a thorough evaluation and provide the right treatment for you.

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What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye disease occurs either when your eyes cannot produce enough tears to keep your eyes hydrated, or if the tears you do produce are of poor quality. This ultimately leads to inflammation, dryness, and in some cases, eye injury.

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What causes this condition?

Dry eye syndrome can be caused by numerous factors. For example, if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen without blinking often, you can develop dry eyes. Other causes include aging, environmental factors, hormonal changes, and certain medications.

Symptoms include:

Finding the Right Treatment for You

Our optometrists will assess your condition and provide you with the right solution.

Eye Drops

Medicated and non-medicated eye drops can help moisturize the eye and relieve common dry eye symptoms. Our team will work to determine the right prescription and usage to help alleviate your symptoms.

Changing Medications

Some medications can cause or worsen dry eyes by reducing tear production or quality. If we discover that your medication may be playing a role in your dry eye syndrome, our doctors will work with you to help you find a medication alternative.

Lifestyle Changes

Environmental factors may be causing your dry eye syndrome. If this is the case, an eye doctor on our team will help discover possible dry eye causes and help you to find ways to remove it from your life.

At-Home Remedies

Incorporating these at-home remedies into your daily routine can complement professional treatments and contribute to the ongoing management of dry eyes.

Warm Compresses

A simple yet effective remedy is to apply a warm compress to your closed eyelids. This helps unclog oil glands, improving the quality of your tears. Use a clean, warm washcloth and place it over your eyes for about 10 minutes, repeating as needed throughout the day.

Proper Hydration

Staying well-hydrated is crucial for maintaining adequate tear production. Make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Consider using a humidifier in your living or workspaces to add moisture to the air, especially in dry environments.

Blinking Exercises

Extended periods of screen time can contribute to reduced blink rates, leading to dry eyes. Practice mindful blinking by taking breaks from screens every 20 minutes, and consciously blink several times to spread tears evenly across your eyes.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, into your diet can help lower the risk of dry eye. Alternatively, omega-3 supplements can be considered, but it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional first.

Artificial Tears

Over-the-counter artificial tear solutions provide immediate relief by lubricating the eyes. Choose preservative-free options to minimize the risk of irritation. Use them as directed, especially before activities that may exacerbate dry eye symptoms, such as prolonged screen use.

Lid Hygiene

Maintaining clean eyelids is essential for preventing irritation and ensuring the proper functioning of oil glands. Use a gentle, tear-free baby shampoo or a specialized eyelid cleanser to clean your eyelids daily. This can help manage conditions like blepharitis, often associated with dry eyes.

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