Dry eye can damage the eye’s tissues and impair vision. People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, however the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts do not produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
How to Prevent Dry Eyes
Dry eye is not preventable, but it can be controlled before harm is done to your eyes. Non-surgical treatments include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment.
If these methods fail, small punctal plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed. Furthermore, topical medications such as Restasis can increase the production of tears.
Dry Eye Treatment
Cornerstone Eye Associates now offers the latest in Dry Eye treatments. Many of our doctors specialize in the care and treatment of dry eye disease. We offer a full range of drops as well as recommend and sell Bruder & Derm™ dry eye masks that provide a moist-heat compress.
Dry Eye Diagnosis
Cornerstone Eye Associates utilizes advanced diagnostic technology, TearLab Osmolarity System® to assist in diagnosing dry eye disease as well as measure osmolarity before, during and after treatment. Tear osmolarity refers to the measurement of salt content in your tears. This measurement provides our doctor an insight into the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers your eye.