Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
- Burning and stinging
- Gritty feeling when there is nothing in your eye
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Mucous secretions in the eye
Can Dry Eye Syndrome Be Cured?
There is no cure although you can get relief for dry eyes and reduce your chances of complications with proper care and the latest treatment for dry eye syndrome.
How is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?
Eyelid Hygiene – Taking extra care to clean the eyelids to remove the buildup of debris in the eyelashes can help reduce irritation, blepharitis and dysfunction of the meibomian gland. The meibomian gland’s oil layer keeps tears from evaporating and lubricates the eyelid area, allowing for a smooth movement of the eyelids.
Artificial Tears – These provide temporary relief and soothe the eyes. However, artificial tears can increase the possibility of infection as they can wash away the natural infection-fighting tear film of the eye.
Punctal Occlusion -In cases of persistent dry eye syndrome, the best solution may be punctal occlusion, or the closure of the tear drainage system to preserve the natural tears around the eyes for longer periods.
What Is A Punctum Plug?
This acts like a stopper in a sink! When the tear duct (punctal opening) is closed, tears stay on the eye much longer. A small, soft silicone plug is non-surgically inserted into the natural punctum opening. The reversible procedure is performed in a few minutes in the doctor’s office.