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Dry Eye Syndrome

What is dry eye?

Tears hydrate, protect, and prevent infection of the eye. The human eye is lubricated by tears which are a combination of water, oil, and mucous produced by glands in the upper and lower eyelids. A lack of any of these components results in a condition known as Dry Eye Disease.

 

There are two common types of Dry Eye; evaporative – lack of lipids in tears and tear film, and aqueous – lack of water in tears and tear film. Dry eye patients are unique in that their individual are could be related to any combination and number of tired and underlying causes.

Causes of Dry Eyes

  • General aging
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Eye surgery
  • Environment
  • Medications
  • Contact lenses
  • Allergies
  • Menopause

Common Symptoms

  • Eyelids stuck together upon awakening
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Contact lens solution sensitivity
  • Excess tearing (watery eyes)
  • Irritation from wind or smoke
  • Scratchy, gritty feeling
  • Dry sensation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Soreness
  • Sticky lid sensation
  • Lid infections/sties
  • Tired eyes
  • Mucous discharge
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Redness

Dry Eye Treatment

How to treat Dry Eye Syndrome

Lafayette vision care offers the following treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome:

  • EZ Tears
  • Bruder Eye Compress
  • Cliradex
  • Prokera

EZ Tears

EyePromise EZ Tears are a dietary supplement designed to support healthy tear production and tear quality for dry eye relief. The formula addresses the underlying cause of dry eyes by improving tear composition. EZ Tears are made in the USA using high quality, natural ingredients. EZ Tears are available in our office in both 30-day and 90-day supplies.

Bruder Eye Compress

BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compresses are a clinically proven and natural way to treat chronic dry eye, MGD, and blepharitis. The compress opens oil glands and allows natural oils to flow back into the eye relieving discomfort associated with dry eye syndrome. The compress helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function and slows tear evaporation. Properly hydrated and lubricated eyes can expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Cliradex

Cliradex is a natural, preservative-free, lid and lash cleanser. Ocular irritation, inflammation and lid-margin disease are associated with poor eyelid hygiene. Unlike traditional cleansers derived from man-made chemicals, Cliradex cleansers are a natural way to keep the eyelids and skin clean, comfortable and healthy. Cliradex offers relief from irritation such as swollen or red eyelids, mild ocular pain or irritation, occasional crusty eyelids, and dry or itchy eyes. Cliradex is available as a lid scrub towelette or as a foaming lid cleanser.

Prokera

Prokera is a therapeutic device used by eye doctors around the world to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. Learn more about Prokera by visiting our separate informational page for Prokera here.