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Dry Eye Treatment

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The continuous production and drainage of tears is important to the eye’s health.  In patients with dry eye, the eye produces fewer or poor quality tears to adequately lubricate and nourish the eye.

Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem that mostly affects older adults. It is more prevalent in women, particularly after menopause and during pregnancy.  Certain medications and medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can aggravate the condition. Windy and dry climates can also increase tear evaporation resulting in dry eye symptoms.

The main symptom of dry eye is a scratchy or sandy feeling in the eye. Other symptoms may include stinging or burning; episodes of excess tearing followed by periods of very dry sensation; a stringy discharge from the eye; pain and redness; need to blink constantly.

Artificial tears and prescription eye drops which lubricate the eye, are the primary treatment for dry eye.   Other alternatives include plugging the tear ducts to conserve tears. Sterile ointments are sometimes used at night to help prevent the eye from drying. Wearing wrap-around glasses when outside, and avoiding outside windy and dry conditions may bring relief.

It is important to see your Premier Medical eye care professional to determine the cause of your dry eyes and the appropriate treatment for you.

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