What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye is a lack of lubrication in the eye caused by the tear glands not producing enough tears. Dry eye causes feelings of dryness, scratchiness and burning.
What causes Dry Eye?
The natural aging process, certain medications, hormonal changes, climate, climate-controlled buildings, insufficient blinking and long-term contact lens usage are all potential causes of dry eye syndrome.
Can Dry Eye be cured?
No, but it can be successfully managed with a variety of treatments.
What treatments are available for Dry Eye?
You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to determine which treatment can best treat your symptoms of dry eye. Some of the treatments available are over the counter and prescription artificial tears, and punctal plugs to help the eye retain its own moisture. Some have found that keeping up body hydration through drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier indoors also help. Supplements containing flax seed oil and/or omega-3 fatty acids have also been reported to alleviate dry eye symptoms.
Dr. Khanna can prescribe RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion if you have Chronic Dry Eye. The FDA has approved RESTASIS® for those who have inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye, and it works differently than artificial tears. Rather than simply providing temporary moisture for the eye, it helps the eye to produce more of its own moisture. It has an excellent safety record.
Can I have LASIK if I have Dry Eye?
Your candidacy for LASIK depends on the severity of your dry eye. During an evaluation from your ophthalmologist, he or she will probably perform a Schirmer test that measures tear production. The results of that test combined with the results of the rest of your examination will assist your ophthalmologist to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK or another vision correction procedure.
If dry eye symptoms are a daily hassle for you, call or email Khanna Institute today to schedule a dry eye examination and find out which dry eye treatments can help you.