Here at Newport Eye Care, we are proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients.
To keep your eyes healthy, you need to have tears to provide moisture and lubrication. This is not only for your comfort, but it helps with your vision. Tears are secreted by glands around your eyes. When you do not make enough tears, you have a condition called dry eyes.
There is no cure for dry eye. Instead, we have ways to make you more comfortable. There is a product called artificial tears. This comes in drops and ointments. Depending on your needs, one may work better for you.
We also perform temporary and non-dissolving punctal plugs. These are used to close the ducts that help with the overflow of tears. If you stop the tears from draining out of your eye, you will have more tears in your eyes. We start with a temporary one to see if it is going to help before trying a more permanent arrangement.
If necessary, we may also prescribe a medication for chronic dry eyes. We may also talk to you about other medications and your nutrition. Many supplements have been helpful for patients with dry eye.
If you have any question about dry eye or would like to be seen, please contact us today at (207) 355-333.
As a risk prevention practice, we understands that some risk factors can not be changed while others are modifiable. There are certain factors that contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome.
The risk factors that we can’t change are:
Aging: Advancing age is the single most important risk factor for Dry Eye. Dry Eye Syndrome affects 75% of people over age 65.
Gender: Women’s hormonal changes brought on by: pregnancy, lactation, oral contraceptive, menstruation, and post menopause can cause dry eye condition.
Risk factors that can be modified are:
Computer and Video Game Users: Computer users spend hours staring at their monitors ignoring their normal blinking process, which is a vital function of tear production. Typically, computer users blinking rate is decreased by 70%. If you use a computer for more than one hour a day, your eyes will be affected. Children and young adults are now being diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome with increasing frequency due to increasing computer, video game, and television use.
Disease: Several diseases result as side effects of Dry Eye Syndrome: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Thyroid Abnormality, Asthma, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Lupus and Rosacea.
Medications: Certain medications can decrease the bodyï¿½s ability to produce lubricating tears: Anti-Depressants, Decongestants, Antihistamines, Blood Pressure Medication, Oral Contraceptives, Diuretics, Ulcer Medication, Tranquilizers, Beta Blockers and Incontinence Therapies.
Contact Lenses: Dry Eye is the leading cause of contact lens discomfort or intolerance. Soft contacts in particular, rapidly evaporate the tears from the eye causing irritation, protein deposits, infection, and pain.
Environmental Conditions: Exposure to Smoke, Fluorescent Lights, Air Pollution, Wind, Heaters, Air Conditioning, and Dry Climates, can increase tear evaporation.
Refractive Surgery: Candidates considering refractive surgery (i.e. RK, PRK, LASIK, LTK) should consult their eyecare professional regarding any dry eye risks associated with the procedure.
Steps you can take to reduce symptoms of dry eyes include:
Remembering to blink regularly when reading or staring at a computer screen for long periods of time.
Increasing the level of humidity in the air at work and at home.
Wearing sunglasses outdoors, particularly those with wrap around frame design, to reduce exposure to drying winds and sun.
Using nutritional supplements containing essential fatty acids may help decrease dry eye symptoms in some people. Ask your optometrist if the use of dietary supplements could be of help for your dry eye problems.
Avoiding becoming dehydrated by drinking plenty of water (8 to 10 glasses) each day.