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Dry Eye Analysis

Normally, a thin layer of tears produced by the glands around your eyes coats the surface of healthy eyes. This special fluid keeps your eyes comfortable by lubricating and protecting the surface. Some individuals do not produce enough tears to keep the eye comfortable with each blink.  This is known as Dry Eye. Dry Eye can be caused by a variety of factors, the most common of which is aging. As we age, the quantity and effectiveness of your tears decrease. In addition, contact lens wearers, allergy sufferers, and people taking certain types of medication may also experience Dry Eye. Also, factors in our environment such as smoke, smog, wind, air conditioning, and prolonged computer use may exacerbate Dry Eye. Symptoms of Dry Eye usually include stinging or burning, scratchiness, stringy mucus, and excess tearing.

Frequently, Dry Eye can be easily treated by just adding lubricating drops , ointments, or a gel to supplement your natural tear film.  In more severe cases, a "lacrimal plug" may be inserted to help hold the tears onto the eyes. These small plugs are inserted in the tear duct in the inside corner of the eyelid. By blocking this duct we can slow down the drainage of tears, creating a larger "reservoir" of tears on the surface of the eye. This treatment is painless and is usually covered by your medical insurance. For contact lens wearers, there are also options in lens design and material that minimize the symptoms related to Dry Eye.  

If you suffer from dry eye symptoms, you are not alone. It is one of the most common eye health complaints, affecting nearly one in five Americans. The first step in determining if you have Dry Eye Syndrome is to receive an evaluation. A series of tests helps us gather information about the quality and quantity of your tear film. If you have Dry Eye, these tests will help Dr. Wong determine whether or not it has caused any damage to the front surface of the eye.

Diagnosis can be done quickly and painlessly right in our office. If you would like more information about what tests are used to diagnose and evaluate Dry Eye, please contact our office.
           
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