For those of us with dry eyes, it’s more than simple discomfort. Chronic dry eyes can be frustrating, irritating, and painful. Let us help you find a solution for your dry eyes.
Yes, chronic dry eyes is a disease known as dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome, and is most commonly caused by either insufficient tear production or poor tear quality. Both can dry out your eyes and lead to the following symptoms:
Artificial tears are available over-the-counter or at our office. They help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes by lubricating them. If you’ve found artificial tears aren’t enough to soothe your dry eyes, medicated eye drops are another treatment option. Medicated eye drops, like Restasis, mimic your natural tears and stimulate tear production. Often times, medicated eye drops provide more relief than over-the-counter options.
Book an appointment with our optometrists to discuss medicated eye drops, as they are only available with a prescription.
Punctal plugs are smaller than a grain of rice and are inserted directly into your tear ducts in the corner of your eyelids. They prevent your tears from draining, to help keep your eyes moisturized. There are two types: temporary plugs, which dissolve, and semi-permanent plugs. If you have success with temporary plugs, our optometrists will likely recommend semi-permanent ones, which last longer before needing to be replaced.
BlephEx is a quick and easy procedure that removes debris, unblocks oil glands, and exfoliates skin from the eyelids. By bringing your eyelids back to their healthiest state, this procedure improves tear production, meibomian (oil) gland function, and ultimately helps relieve dry eyes. BlephEx also helps relieve blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids.
One cause of dry eyes is a lack of meibum, your eye’s naturally occurring oil that prevents tears from evaporating. Our optometrists can encourage meibum production by applying pressure to the meibomian glands to help release any blockages to produce more oil. This procedure can cause mild irritation initially, so postoperative care eye drops and topical ointment may be necessary. Shortly after, your meibum glands will be able to release more oil and your dry eyes will feel some relief.
Broadway Eyecare is conveniently located on the corner of Broadway & Main Street, just around the corner from Oskayak High School.
|Tuesday:||8:30 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday:||8:30 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Thursday:||12:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Friday:||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Saturday:||9:00 AM - 3:00 PM|
We understand that life is busy, and it isn’t always convenient to take time out of your workday to visit your optometrist. To help serve you better, we offer Saturday appointments and have extended hours on Thursdays.