Do You Suffer From Dry Eye?
- Find Relief for your Dry and Uncomfortable Eyes
Here are some questions to ask yourself to assess your ocular comfort.
- Do you have symptoms of dryness, irritation, burning, itching, redness or tearing?
- Do you have difficulty wearing your contact lenses comfortably all day?
- Do your eyes get irritation with make up use?
- Do you find your vision fluctuating throughout the day?
- Do you work on digital devices frequently and find your eyes irritated at the end of the day?
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome, referred to as DES, is a chronic eye condition that occurs when the eyes produce an insufficient amount of tears or when the tears lack the essential oils that lubricate the eye’s surface. (This often results in watery eyes and excessive tearing!). A well-lubricated eye blocks foreign bodies or substances from irritating the eye’s surface.
Dr. Jenn Chinn treats patients from all over San Diego, California who have Dry Eye symptoms, helping them achieve long-lasting relief from Dry Eye Syndrome.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry Eye can result from a number of factors, including genetics, the natural aging process, or prescription medications, to name a few.
Hormonal changes are a common cause of Dry Eye. In fact, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking oral contraceptives, or experiencing menopause find that their eyes feel dry and uncomfortable during these times. Women over the age of 50 have a 50% greater chance of developing DES than men of the same age.
Common Symptoms of Dry Eye
Patients with DES experience a number of symptoms that can disrupt their daily activities or cause chronic pain.
The most common signs of DES include the following:
- Feeling as if something is in your eye
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
Those who suffer from DES often try to alleviate the pain by blinking either less or more often, rubbing their eyes, or by using over-the-counter artificial tears.
Why is blinking important? Blinking is healthy because it naturally moisturizes the eyes and gets rid of tiny particles that may enter the eye. Less blinking can increase dryness, itching, or redness, making DES symptoms even more acute.
Rubbing your eyes, especially when they’re already irritated, can intensify your symptoms. This is because the added pressure can make the pain worse. If your hands aren’t 100% clean, you can unintentionally spread germs or bacteria into your eyes when you rub them. Rubbing the eyes can also cause tiny blood vessels to break, increasing the redness of your eyes.
Artificial tears provide some temporary relief by lubricating the eyes with a medicated solution. These can be quite effective at alleviating soreness and itchiness, however, excessive use isn’t recommended. Many brands include preservatives, which aren’t good for your health in the long-term. Other preservative-free brands can, over time, fail to relieve the basic Dry Eye symptoms. Patients may find that having to continuously purchase artificial tears can become costly, and consistently using them throughout the day disrupts their daily activities.
Dry Eye Treatments
Typically, DES is treated with medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or a heated compress. Occasionally, the doctor may recommend punctal plugs.
These are tiny devices that are inserted into the eye’s tear duct, blocking any drainage. This can alleviate DES symptoms by preventing moisture from draining out of the eye, instead keeping them inside the tear duct area. This increases the moisture level, giving longer-term relief.
Plus, punctal plugs are not permanent and can be easily removed or replaced, making them a simple, affordable solution to alleviate symptoms.
Dry Eye Technology
Advancements in medical technology and scientific breakthroughs have made treatment for Dry Eye easier, with quicker results, and longer-lasting benefits. Three of the up-and-coming technologies for DES treatment are Comprehensive Lid/Lash Margin Cleansing, LipiFlowⓇ, and LUMENISⓇ OptiLight IPL.
Dr. Chinn's Vision Care has some of the most cutting-edge and advanced technologies to quickly and effectively test for Dry Eye Syndrome. Let Dr. Stephen Chinn and the talented, experienced staff help get you started on the path to real long-term relief from Dry Eye.
Comprehensive Lid/Lash Margin Cleansing
Microblepharoexfoliation with Bleph-ExⓇ is the process of thorough cleansing and exfoliation of the eyelid margin. Bleph-ExⓇ will help to remove the built-up leftover make-up, falsie glue, eye boogers, dead skin cells, dust and debris that accumulate along the eyelid margin and eyelashes over time.
Without proper cleansing, this creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow causing crusty eyes, styes, eye infections and more. Periodic eyelid and eyelash cleansings are vital to maintain proper eyelid and eyelash hygiene.
Meibomian glands are located by the eyelashes, towards the edge of the eyelid. These glands secrete oils, which lubricate the eye and keep your tears moist. When the glands become blocked, Dry Eye occurs.
The LipiFlow system takes detailed images of the tear film in the eye, so that the doctor can determine if you have MGD. Then a combination of gentle heat and light pressure are applied on both the inside and outside of the eyelid, removing the blockage and stimulating your eye’s natural moisture. The procedure takes around 12 minutes to administer and is done in the doctor’s office.
LUMENISⓇ OptiLight IPL
LumenisⓇ is the Global Leader in innovation of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy as the first FDA approved treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Blepharitis and more.
This non-invasive light treatment targets inflammation to improve symptoms for brighter, more comfortable eyes. IPL also has amazing skin benefits like improving sun spots, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and improving collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles for softer, smoother skin.