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Effective Treatments for Dry Eye

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Effective Solutions for Dry Eye Syndrome

Imagine a constant itch, a burning sensation, and the constant feeling of something stuck in your eye. That's the reality of dry eye syndrome. It's not just about dryness; it's an ongoing battle with discomfort. Our Bethesda team understands the intricacies of dry eye syndrome. From diagnosing the condition to providing tailored treatment options, we're here to provide the relief and care you need.

Understanding Dry Eye: Symptoms and Causes

The characteristics of dry eye syndrome are persistent dryness, scratchiness, and a burning sensation in the eyes. In addition to these common symptoms, some individuals may experience a "foreign body sensation," a feeling of having something lodged in the eye. Surprisingly, dry eye syndrome can also lead to watery eyes.

What causes dry eye syndrome?

  1. Aging: Dry eye syndrome is more prevalent as part of aging, particularly among women over 40.
  2. Medications: Certain medications, like antihistamines, antidepressants, and certain blood pressure medicines, can contribute to dry eye.
  3. Environmental factors: Living in dry, dusty, or windy climates and being exposed to air conditioning or dry heating systems can aggravate the condition.
  4. Insufficient blinking: Prolonged use of digital screens, which often leads to reduced blinking, can result in dry eyes.
  5. Systemic diseases: Conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, and Sjogren's syndrome can affect the production of tears.
  6. Contact lens wear: Long-term use of contact lenses can cause dry eyes.
  7. Eyelid problems: Incomplete closure of the eyelids or eyelid diseases can lead to dryness.
  8. Tear gland deficiency: A deficiency in the tear-producing glands can result in inadequate tear production.

At Bethesda Vision Care, we evaluate your dry eye symptoms and target the root causes to provide effective treatment and relieve discomfort.

Advanced Dry Eye Treatment in Bethesda

Although there is no cure for dry eye syndrome, various treatments can effectively manage its symptoms.

Our eye doctors may recommend artificial tears and lubricating eye drops to alleviate dryness, scratchiness, and foreign body sensation. Prescription eye drops can help increase tear production, and steroids can provide short-term relief. A tiny insert filled with lubricating ingredients can also be placed inside the lower eyelid, continuously releasing moisture. Punctal plugs may be suggested to slow tear drainage, while warm compresses and in-office procedures can help with meibomian gland dysfunction.

The conditions can further be managed by using nutritional supplements and making lifestyle adjustments, like wearing sunglasses and using a humidifier.

Don't let dry eye syndrome hinder your daily life. Schedule an appointment at Bethesda Vision Care to discuss your symptoms and explore the available treatment options.