Dry Eye Syndrome

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome and Treatment Options

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when tears evaporate too quickly, resulting in discomfort, irritation, and vision disturbances. Our beloved desert climate here in the Southwest makes this region unlikely susceptible to dry eyes. Our physicians are the regional experts in the management of mild to severe dry eye and the complications that may result.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition characterized by a lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. This can result in symptoms such as:

  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Grittiness or irritation
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing (as a reflex response to dryness)

Treatment Options for Dry Eye Syndrome:

  • Artificial Tears: Over-the-counter artificial tear drops can help lubricate the eyes and provide relief from dryness and discomfort. These drops are available in various formulations, including preservative-free options for individuals with sensitive eyes.

  • Prescription Medications: In some cases, prescription eye drops such as cyclosporine (Restasis) or lifitegrast (Xiidra) may be recommended to reduce inflammation and improve tear production in patients with chronic dry eye.
  • BlephEx Treatment: BlephEx is an in-office procedure designed to clean and exfoliate the eyelids and eyelashes, removing debris, bacteria, and biofilm that can contribute to dry eye symptoms. By improving eyelid hygiene, BlephEx can help reduce inflammation and promote healthier tear production.

  • iLux Treatment: iLux is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that uses gentle heat and compression to unblock and express the meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of the tear film. By restoring proper function to the meibomian glands, iLux can improve tear quality and reduce evaporative dry eye symptoms.

Both BlephEx and iLux treatments are typically performed in-office and are out-of-pocket procedures, as they may not be covered by insurance. However, these treatments can provide significant relief for patients struggling with dry eye symptoms and may be well worth the investment in improved comfort and vision.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists. We’ll evaluate your symptoms, assess your tear film quality, and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help manage your dry eye symptoms and improve your overall eye health. Experience relief from dry eye discomfort and enjoy clearer, more comfortable vision with our comprehensive dry eye treatment options.

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Take the first step toward clearer vision and improved eye health by scheduling an appointment at Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Arizona. Simply fill out the form below, and our friendly staff will reach out to you promptly to arrange a convenient time for your visit. Experience the difference of personalized care and expertise with our professional team.