I Think I Have Dry Eyes—What Should I Do?
If you suspect that you have dry eyes, contact us and schedule an appointment. We’ll find out the cause of your discomfort and recommend appropriate therapies to help you manage your symptoms.
Our practice uses the following strategies to help patients reduce the discomfort caused by dry eyes:
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy, a non-invasive technique utilizing specific wavelengths of red light, holds potential for improving vision. By stimulating cellular function, reducing inflammation, and enhancing blood flow to the eyes, it may offer benefits for conditions like age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. While more research is needed, early findings suggest red light therapy as a promising approach to support visual health and well-being.
Lubricating Eye Drops
Many symptoms of dry eyes can be reduced or eliminated with artificial tears. Our eye doctors can recommend brands and specific products for you after determining the root cause of your dry eyes.
Sometimes, dry eyes occur because your tears drain too fast. In these cases, your eye doctor may place tiny plugs into your tear ducts to close the drainage canals. A combination of punctal plugs and topical treatments can have better results than using topical treatments alone.
These simple devices can stimulate meibomian gland function by reducing inflammation with gentle pressure, moisture, and heat. Once we show you how to wear these masks at the office, you should be able to use them at home unassisted.
Scleral lenses are a type of contact lens that sits on the sclera instead of the cornea. Scleral lenses create a space between the cornea and the inside of the lens, which is then filled with a hydrating solution. Scleral lenses are an excellent option for people who cannot wear other types of contacts due to dry eyes.
Special types of cleansing wipes can support the use of other dry eye therapies. Our practice carries several varieties of cleansing wipes for this purpose.