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What Happens If I Don’t Treat My Dry Eye?

May 31st, 2019

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Experiencing chronic dry eye is a pain that doesn’t seem to go away. Suffering symptoms like grittiness, soreness, and red eyes can take its toll on you.

It is all too common of a belief that chronic dry eye isn’t treatable and is something you have to live with. But the dry eye is something that you can treat.

In fact, you should treat it as soon as possible! Keep reading to learn why you should treat your dry eye symptoms!

Not treating dry eye can damage your eyes

Uncontrolled severe dry eye can cause permanent damage to your eyes. The long term effects include:

Eye infections. This is because tears function as a protective barrier against germs and bacteria. Insufficient tear production means your eyes end up exposed to the elements.

Corneal ulcers. These form from chronic inflammation. You are losing corneal tissue. They can permanently impair vision and cause infections.

Difficulty performing tasks such as reading or driving because of permanent vision loss.

How to treat dry eye

There are several different ways that you can treat dry eye. Often, a combination of methods is the most effective.

These methods increase tear production or increase tear effectiveness. What your doctor recommends will depend on what is causing your dry eye.

You can schedule an appointment at Takle Eye in Locust Grove, GA today.

Depending on your symptoms, treating dry eye may include medication or lifestyle change. One of the first things you should consider is hydrating more. This includes drinking more water!

Drink more water and use artificial tears!

By drinking more water, you can help stimulate under-performing tear glands. If more water isn’t cutting it, you can try artificial tears.

These are tears that you can take to help moisturize and lubricate your eyes. Keeping your eyes well-hydrated helps when it comes to dry or itchy eyes.

Enhance your diet

Another thing you can try is adding more omega 3 fatty acids into your diet. These can be easily found in salmon, tuna, or walnuts.

Your eye doctor may also recommend punctal plugs. Punctal plugs help keep tears on the surface of your eye for longer instead of evaporating too fast.

What if I’m producing poor quality tears?

If your tears are of bad quality, the treatment may need to be a bit more complex. Typically, a bad quality tear is lacking in oil production.

The oil layer of a tear protects the tear from evaporating before it has the chance to nourish and hydrate the eye. A common treatment for this is meibomian gland expression.

During this therapy, you’ll receive gentle pulses through the eyelids. This helps break apart any blockages in your meibomian glands.

Warm compresses may also be used. This procedure is not only painless, but many people find it to be relaxing.

You can take steps yourself to help combat dry eye. Try spending less time looking at screens, and using humidifiers in your home.

If you know that your eyes are affected by allergies, keep your windows shut during high pollen times.

Ready to find the solution for your dry eye symptoms? Schedule a dry eye appointment at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA today!


Don’t Dry Your Tears: 5 Ways to Fight Dry Eye

November 20th, 2015

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Have you ever woken up and you can barely open your eyes? It stings so badly that you’d prefer to keep them shut. When you finally peel your eyelids back it feels like you’re in the middle of a sandstorm, and you have to wipe away some invisible film clinging to the surface of your eyes.

This is what it’s like to struggle with dry eye syndrome, or chronic dry eye.

Most people experience dry eyes when air in their environment is artificially dry, or when they slow their blinking. Situations where you might experience dry eye include sitting on a plane under an air vent, focusing on a computer screen for a long time and blinking less often, or working outside on a windy day.

Infrequent dry eye symptoms are normal, but when dry eyes persist it could indicate a chronic condition. Many factors can contribute to chronic dry eye; prescription medication side-effects, overuse of diuretics, and even age are all possible causes of dry eye syndrome. Sometimes the cause of a case of dry eye syndrome can’t be determined, but there are still ways to keep your eyes well-lubricated and pain-free.

  1. Control your environment. This is the simplest way to combat dry eye syndrome, because in many cases you can take steps on your own to make sure your environment is as eye-friendly as possible. Avoid areas with smoke or high winds, and wear wrap-around sunglasses if you will be outside. If your house is dry, use humidifiers in high-traffic areas.
  2. Use artificial tears. There are entire aisles dedicated to artificial tears in drugstores and supermarkets, and with good reason. Artificial tears are a great way to augment your eyes’ own tear production. Of course, all that choice means it might take some searching to find the artificial tears that are just right for your case. Talk to an eye doctor for an educated recommendation.
  3. Learn about prescription options. The causes of dry eye syndrome can often be treated with prescription medication, and your eye doctor will work with you to find out which treatment is best. The variety of prescription options is wide and includes oral medications, medicated eye drops, and more specialized solutions.
  4. Conserve your tears. Tear ducts can be artificially closed to help maximize use of the tears your eyes produce. Sealing tear ducts ensures that tears won’t drain away as quickly. This option requires a quick surgical procedure, and seals can be made either permanent or temporary.
  5. Ask about eye therapies. There are a number of eye therapies available today, ranging from eye massage to thermal pulse therapy. These therapies are often designed with a specific cause of dry eye in mind, though, so you’ll need to consult an ophthalmologist to determine if therapy will be effective.

Chronic dry eye doesn’t have to define your life. All it takes is an ounce of prevention and maybe a little help from your eye doctor to keep your eyes working comfortably. Dry eye is a complex problem, though, so it’s always best to consult a qualified physician like the ones at Griffin Eye Clinic before attempting a treatment on your own.


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