Dry Eye Syndrome
Millions of people suffer from the discomfort of dry eye syndrome. From irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light, dry eyes can make everyday life uncomfortable, to the say the least. An adequate and consistent layer of tears on the surface of the eye is essential to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is caused by chronic dehydration and poor lubrication of the ocular surface, causing a disruption of the barrier function. Many people develop dry eye as a result of environmental exposure, allergies, eye surgery, medications, or the effects of aging. While it may seem like a mild irritation, the condition can lead to vision loss if the cornea is scratched or damaged if left untreated long enough.
Treating Dry Eye Syndrome
Typically, dry eye symptoms are treated with lubricating eye drops or artificial tears, as well as taking breaks from reading or using a computer or smartphone. Prescription eye medications may temporarily help increase tear production or reduce eye inflammation and irritation. Some patients require additional treatment to enhance their daily tasks and improve their overall quality of life.
At the Lavage Dry Eye Spa of Conley Eye Care of Huntington, we offer a multidisciplinary, personalized approach to treat specific dry eye causes and symptoms. Dr. Conley is residency trained in ocular disease with a specialized rotation at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, providing him with the training necessary to pinpoint the ocular and systemic conditions that are contributing to your dry eye signs and symptoms.