If you suffer from Dry Eye, and watery eyes it's important to understand the various treatments available based on the cause and severity of your condition. A consultation with an Eye Care Professional can help determine the cause of your Dry Eye and recommend the most effective treatments for you.
For mild dry eye caused by Aqueous Deficiency, preservative-free artificial tears can be a great first line treatment. Non-preservative free drops may cause corneal inflammation or allergic reactions due to preservatives, so it's important to use the right drops recommended by your Eye Doctor.
For moderate cases, using a gel drop before bedtime can help keep your eyes moist through the night. Punctal Occlusion is another option, where your Eye Care Professional can insert a plug into your tear drainage canal to retain tears on your eye. A dissolvable collagen plug may be tried first before a semi-permanent plug is placed, which can lead to excessive tearing.
Severe cases may require medication or the use of amniotic membranes, biological tissue that helps heal the eyes, reduce inflammation, and increase tear production. Scleral contact lenses are also a great treatment for severe dry eye.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction can also cause dry eyes, and treatment options include warm compresses, lid massage, supplements, and oil-based artificial tears. Your Eye Care Professional can also prescribe medications to increase oil in the tear film.
In addition to these treatments, avoiding fans, using a humidifier, taking breaks from the computer, and adjusting your seat or computer screen can also help alleviate dry eye symptoms. Don't suffer in silence - consult our Eye Care Professionals to find the best treatment plan for your Dry Eye. Book your dry eye evaluation today!