In order to stay healthy, your eyes need to produce tears to provide moisture and lubrication. This process is not only for your comfort, but it helps with your vision as well. Tears are secreted by glands around your eyes and when you do not make enough tears, you develop a condition known as dry eyes.
Although there is no cure for dry eyes, we have ways to make you more comfortable. For example, there is a product called artificial tears, which 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 plugs are used to close the ducts that help with the overflow of tears. If the tears are prevented from draining out of your eye, you will have more moisture in your eyes, which improves symptoms associated with dry eyes. We start with a temporary plug to see if it helps before trying a more permanent arrangement.
Studies show that a build-up along the eyelid margin can create a biofilm that prevents the secretion of oils necessary for healthy tears. We now use an innovative technique called Bleph-X to remove the biofilm residue, which allows you to experience a healthy tear film and reduction in dry eye symptoms like scratchy or inflamed eyes.
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 (925) 447-3222.