Tear Deficiency Syndrome, better known as “dry eye”, can be confusing because patients who suffer from this condition tend to have eyes that water a lot. Dry eye occurs when your eye does not produce tears properly, or when tears are not the right consistency and evaporate too quickly. Dry eyes are one of the most common vision problems in adults and can be treated with various therapies. Unfortunately, it’s often a difficult problem to fix but with the proper Sunrise Florida eye care at 2020 Vision Place, your dry eye will be a thing of the past. Well educated in dry eye treatment, Dr. Bourjolly will suggest possible treatments including prescriptions for antibiotics or Restasis, and might also recommend using small silicone plugs to block tear production in the eye drainage system. Over the counter remedies are generally not effective for treating dry eye problems and unfortunately, dry eye syndrome treatment tends to be long term and improvement will take some time. However, failure to treat dry eye earlier on can lead to further uncomfortable conditions such as stinging, blurry eyes and inflammation of the surface of the eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.
Tears are constantly produced to bathe, nourish, and protect the eye surface. They are also produced in response to emergencies, such as a particle of dust in the eye, an infection or irritation of the eye, or an onset of strong emotions. As part of our Sunrise Florida eye care, Dr. Bourjolly informs his patients, when the lacrimal glands fail to produce sufficient tears, dry eye can result. Dry eye can be a temporary or chronic condition that can be a side effect of some medications, including antihistamines, nasal decongestants, tranquilizers, Parkinson’s medications, anti-depressants, birth control pills, and certain blood pressure medications.
Depending on the causes of dry eye, our doctor may use various approaches to dry eye treatment as part of your Sunrise Florida eye care. The first priority is to determine if a disease is the cause of the dry eye. If so, then the specific disease needs to be treated. Cyclosporine, an anti-inflammatory medication, is the only prescription drug available to treat dry eye. It decreases corneal damage, increases basic tear production, and reduces symptoms of dry eye. In some cases of severe dry eye, short term use of corticosteroid eye drops that decrease inflammation is required. In some cases, a simple surgery, called punctal cautery, is recommended to permanently close the drainage holes.