Dry Eye Therapy in Aurora

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Life’s Too Short To Live With Uncomfortable Eyes

Dryness can make your eyes red and irritated, and leave you desperate for relief. Fortunately, you do not have to grin and bear it; our team is ready to help you find successful solutions so you can get back to enjoying clear, comfortable vision!

All you have to do is book an appointment with us today to start your journey towards dry eye relief.

What are Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes are a common eye condition that can occur for a variety of different reasons.

When your tear glands are not producing enough tears to keep your eyes comfortably lubricated, it is known as aqueous tear deficiency. If your tear components are poorly balanced and evaporate too quickly to keep your eyes comfortable, it is known as evaporative dry eye disease.

The surface of your eyes are covered by a “tear film.” The tear film houses the nutrients your eyes need to stay hydrated and comfortable. However, if any blockages or damage impact the glands that produce these nutrients, it can lead to dry eye symptoms.

The tear film has 3 distinct layers:

  • Mucin makes up the innermost layer of the tear film. It’s responsible for making sure the rest of the tear film is spread evenly across the surface of your eyes.
  • The aqueous layer is the middle layer of your tear film. This layer is responsible for keeping your eyes hydrated and washing away any foriegn particles that may land on your eyes.
  • Oil or meibum is what the outermost layer of your tear film consists of. This layer is responsible for sealing in the rest of the tear film and preventing it from evaporating.

A few different glands around your eyes produce your tear film, namely the lacrimal and meibomian glands. However, if these glands become blocked or damaged, it could impact the creation and quality of the tear film layers, leading to dry and uncomfortable eyes.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common eye condition that can lead to a variety of eye problems, including ocular surface disease, eye or eyelid discomfort, and evaporative dry eye disease.

Optometrists can diagnose meibomian gland dysfunction by monitoring the rate of gland secretion and the quality of the meibum produced. If these glands are blocked or damaged, it can prevent a healthy oil layer from developing, leading to discomfort.

Blockages in your meibomian glands and inflammation can also lead to blepharitis. When this happens, your eyelids can become red and swollen, which could lead to dandruff-like scales on the edges of your eyelids and even eyelash loss.

Other Common Causes of Dry Eyes

Other common causes include:

Common dry eye symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • A gritty, stinging, or burning sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Stringy mucus or discharge in or around your eyes
  • Blurry vision

Who Is At Risk?

Dry eyes can occur in anyone for various reasons, but some factors can increase your chances of developing dry eyes. These include:

  • Being over 50 years of age
  • A diet low in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acid levels
  • Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, birth control medication, or menopause can disrupt the production of tears

Treatments We Offer

Depending on the cause of your dry eyes, we can recommend a range of over-the-counter or prescription products to help alleviate your symptoms.

We always recommend having an optometrist examine your eyes before picking up any over-the-counter products, as different symptoms might require different medications for effective treatment.

If you experience dry eyes due to medical conditions like lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome, you may benefit from using a medicated eye drop like Restasis.

Restasis is a prescribed medication that can help reduce inflammation, promote tear secretion, and prevent further damage to your ocular surface caused by dry eyes. Please speak to your optometrist to see if Restasis is right for you!

Relief is Within Reach — Book Your Appointment Today!

Dry eyes can keep you from enjoying the things you love. Find relief by booking an appointment with our team today!

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