What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is more than just dryness. It’s that uncomfortable feeling like something’s in your eye. At Buena Vista Optical, we get it and can help you find relief.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Genetic factors, environmental conditions, aging, and medications can trigger dry eye. Hormonal changes, especially in women during pregnancy, breastfeeding, oral contraceptive use, or menopause, can increase the risk of DES.
Common Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry Eye Syndrome manifests through a range of symptoms, impacting daily life. Recognize the signs:
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
Our team at Buena Vista Optical offers solutions to alleviate these symptoms and improve your eye health.
The Importance of Proper Dry Eye Care
Blinking is a natural mechanism that maintains eye moisture and clears away foreign particles. Reduced blinking can worsen dry eye symptoms, leading to discomfort and irritation. Avoid excessive eye rubbing, as it can exacerbate the condition.
The Role of Artificial Tears
Artificial tears offer temporary relief by lubricating the eyes. However, overuse of certain brands with preservatives can be detrimental. Our experts guide you to choose suitable options, ensuring long-term comfort.
Effective Dry Eye Treatments
The treatment for dry eye typically involves medicated and anti-inflammatory eye drops, complemented by warm compresses. In some cases, we will suggest punctal plugs. These devices are placed in the tear ducts, preventing moisture drainage and maintaining eye moisture. You can remove or replace punctal plugs, making them a convenient and budget-friendly solution for relieving DES symptoms.
Innovative Dry Eye Technology
Advancements in technology have revolutionized dry eye treatment. Discover the latest technologies, including InflammaDry, LipiFlow, and TearLab, available at Buena Vista Optical for precise diagnosis and effective management.
The InflammaDry Advantage
InflammaDry measures MMP-9 levels in your tears, helping identify dry eye. This quick and non-invasive test provides results in about 10 minutes, enhancing our diagnostic capabilities
LipiFlow: Reviving Meibomian Glands
The LipiFlow system targets blocked meibomian glands, a common cause of dry eye. This gentle procedure restores natural moisture and is performed conveniently at our practice.
TearLab for Precise Diagnosis
TearLab measures tear concentration levels, aiding in diagnosing DES. This efficient 3-in-1 device delivers fast and accurate results for effective treatment planning.