OUR SERVICES : DRY EYE
As one of the most common
ocular symptoms, dry eyes are treated on a daily basis
in our office. Dr. Kresie and Penzler offer a variety of
treatments for dry eye symptoms and will be happy to
discuss the options with you.
What is dry eye?
Dry eye is a reduction in your eyes ability to produce
sufficient natural tears. Insufficient tear production
can lead to redness, pain, and even scarring of the
cornea (the transparent part of the eye that covers the
pupil and iris). Many people will experience dry eye at
some point in their lives. Often due to environmental
factors such as indoor heating or air conditioning, it
can also be caused by occupational factors such as
prolonged computer use.
Dry eye can affect
anyone. However, most susceptible are postmenopausal
women and people with arthritis. Some of the symptoms of
dry eye include a burning sensation or gritty filling in
the eyes. You may also experience decreased tolerance to
contact lens wear or sensitivity to light.
What causes dry eye?
As we age, our bodies experience a reduction in
natural tear production. Also, certain diseases and
medical conditions such as Sjogrens syndrome,
arthritis, and pregnancy; environmental factors; and
some medications are known to cause dry eye.
Here are some things to
keep in mind as well as precautions you can take to help
prevent or minimize the symptoms of dry eye:
Avoid drafts from heating and air conditioning vents,
especially in cars and airplanes.
Take frequent breaks to relieve eye strain during
periods of prolonged computer use.
Remove your contact lenses and keep them especially
clean when you eyes are feeling dry.
After LASIK surgery, use artificial tears to soothe
and comfort your eyes during recovery.
Be aware that certain over-the-counter medications and
prescription drugs can contribute to dry eye.
Know that natural changes in tear production and
composition often occur due to age or disease.
How is dry eye
Your eye doctor can check your eyes for the signs
and symptoms of dry eye. He or she will likely use one
of several quick and painless tests to measure your tear
productions and determine the severity of your
What can I do about
If you suspect you have dry eye, see your doctor. He
or she can determine which treatment is appropriate for
you. Depending on the severity of your condition, tear
replacement is the most commonly recommended therapy.
This involves the use of lubricant eye drops or, for
more severe dry eye and overnight relief, gels or
ointments may be used.