DRY EYE TREATMENT AT HOUSTON EYE PROFESSIONALS
Our Woodlands center offers tailored dry eye treatments to provide long-lasting relief. Our innovative technologies enable us to diagnose dry eye syndrome quickly, and we provide personalized treatment plans, including medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or a heated compress. We may recommend punctal plugs in some cases, and our team of experts is dedicated to providing you with the best care possible.
Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition that affects the tear film and underlying ocular surface, causing discomfort and symptoms such as eye irritation, redness, and vision changes. The disease can cause severe and lasting damage if not properly managed. Seeking timely treatment and care is essential to prevent long-term complications. Our eye care experts are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans to ease your symptoms and improve your eye health.
Without treatment or proper medication, DES can worsen.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
The leading cause of dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction, where oil glands in the eyelids become blocked. However, several other factors can increase your risk of developing dry eye symptoms. Awareness of these factors is essential to prevent or manage dry eyes effectively. These include:
Gender: Dry eye is more common in women because of hormonal changes during pregnancy, use of contraceptives, or menopause. Statistics show a higher prevalence in women than in men.
Age – People over 50 are at a significant risk factor for dry eye.
Weather and Environment –Factors like hot or cold temperatures, wind, indoor heating and cooling systems, fans, and hair dryers can also contribute to dry eye symptoms.
Diabetes can cause dry eyes due to nerve neuropathy, which can affect tear production. Diabetes may lead to decreased corneal sensitivity, exacerbating the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that can cause a decrease in tear production due to its effects on the nerves controlling the tear ducts.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining the health of the meibomian glands and improving the quality of the eye’s oil film, which can ease dry eye symptoms.
Incorporating more fish into your diet or taking supplements can help increase your Omega 3 intake. Consult with your optometrist to determine the best sources and bioavailable supplements.
What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?
The proper functioning of the meibomian glands is critical for maintaining healthy eyes. These glands secrete lipids (oils) that combine with water and mucus to form a protective film on the eye’s surface. This film prevents tears from evaporating too quickly and helps keep the eyes moist and comfortable.
When the meibomian glands become blocked or dysfunctional, they can’t produce enough lipids, resulting in meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Without enough lipids, the tear film evaporates too quickly, causing dry, irritated, and uncomfortable eyes. MGD is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. A comprehensive eye exam can determine if you have MGD and help determine the most effective treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?
MGD can present with a range of mild to severe symptoms and may vary in duration. Typical symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Burning and dry sensation
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Watery eyes
- Red, sore and gritty eyes
- Crusty or sticky eyelids
How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may have dry eye syndrome:
- Eyes that feel tired or dry
- Increased light sensitivity
- Regularly using eye drops
- Excessive tearing and discharge
- Stinging, gritty, or itchy-feeling eyes
- Discomfort that worsens as the day progresses
If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome, seek medical attention. You can improve your eye health by addressing the underlying cause of your symptoms.
Lasting & Effective Dry Eye Treatment
If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, book a consultation with one of our eye doctors in The Woodlands. We will help identify the cause of your symptoms and individualize a treatment plan to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable every day.
Do You Have More Questions About Dry Eyes? | FAQ
Is there a cure for dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome cannot be permanently cured, but various effective ways exist to manage and prevent its symptoms. Our expert optometrists in The Woodlands offer evaluation and personalized treatment options. Schedule an appointment today to receive proper care.
What is the main cause of dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is often caused by insufficient tear production or poor tear quality. Our optometrists will conduct a comprehensive eye exam, including tests, to diagnose the cause of your dry eyes and provide tailored treatment options. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?
Dry eye syndrome can cause corneal scratches and scarring in extreme cases, which can negatively affect vision and even cause permanent damage if left untreated. It is essential to seek prompt care from an optometrist if you experience persistent dry eye symptoms to prevent further complications.
How do I prevent dry eye symptoms?
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition caused by various factors, including allergies, hormones, and weather changes. To prevent symptoms such as dryness, redness, itchiness, and grittiness, try incorporating the following tips into your daily routine:
- Consume foods high in omega-3 fatty acids to produce oils in your tears that slow evaporation.
- Follow the “20-20-20 rule” when using digital screens to reduce eyestrain. Look away from the screen every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, at something at least 20 feet away.
- Avoid direct airflow from vents, fans, and heaters, as they can dry out your eyes. Position them away from your eyes.
If you are experiencing persistent dry eye symptoms, consult our optometrist to determine the underlying cause and receive personalized treatment options.