Dry eye syndrome is a very common complaint amongst the middle aged and elderly. It has different causes and not surprisingly there are many different ways to treat this disturbing problem. The symptoms of dry eye can vary from individual to individual. For instance it may present as blurred vision that clears on blinking. Other times patients complain of burning or a gritty sensation. Sometimes the oily (meibomian) glands of the lid are the problem and sometimes it"s due to an aqueous deficiency. But the common denominator for these problems is often thought to be inflammation. Commonly artificial tears are the first line treatment for this problem. When they fail other treatments modalities can be employed such as punctum plugs that prevent tear loss and methyl cellulose tablets known as lacricerts. Prescription medications that help reduce inflammation are also available. Currently two such medications are available, but at least six others are now awaiting FDA approval. Another way to reduce inflammation of the eye without using drops is by using light from a solid state light known as intense pulsed light therapy.
As stated above dry eye syndrome has many causes and presents in many different ways. We at North Shore Eye Care no how troubling this problem is for our patients and have a keen interest in its diagnosis and treatment. Those of you with chronically irritated eyes should consider coming to our modern facility where you will find are caring and knowledgeable staff and physicians most helpful in treating your problem.