There are several things that can cause dry eyes:
- Natural aging
- Taking a medication
- Certain medical conditions
- Laser eye surgery
- Problems with your eyelids
- Rarely blinking
- Hot weather
Sometimes there is no specific cause – the eyes are just dry and they need treatment.
There are a few different treatments we use to treat dry eyes. We usually start by trying drop therapy with either prescription or over-the-counter eye drops. The drops will add moisture to the eyes and hopefully keep them moist throughout the day.
If drop treatment isn't fixing your dry eyes, then we will try a plug. A plug is tiny and it goes into the corner of your eye. It actually plugs your tear duct so your eye doesn't lose any necessary moisture. When you cry, your tears come from the skin on your eye, gather, and come out through your tear duct in the corner of your eye. A plug keeps the moisture in your eye and fixes your chronic dry eyes!
We will usually begin by inserting a temporary plug into the tear duct, and if it brings relief then we will insert a permanent plug.
Deciding between treatment options is hard. It's really hard. That's why we have a team of counselors to help you weigh your options and choose which surgery or treatment is best for you. After you meet with one of our eye doctors, you'll sit down with one of our counselors, Andrew, Andrea, or Isabella, and they will walk you through your doctor's recommendations. Sometimes there are several options to choose between, and your counselor will show you what to expect from each and help you make a decision. Schedule a consultation with our counselors today!