What Causes Dry Eye and How to Treat It?

Almost everyone experiences dry eyes occasionally when exposed to dry air, irritants, or allergens. However, some people have constant or recurring dry eye symptoms that affect their quality of life. When eye drops are not enough to achieve relief, or you are tired of constantly using them, it may be time to learn more about what causes your dry eye and how to treat it. Our customized treatment plans can help anyone enjoy refreshed, comfortable eyes. 

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What is Dry Eye?

Chronic dry eye is a common condition that varies widely in severity. Some people may have mild irritation and sensitivity that gets worse in some situations, while others may experience constant symptoms that affect their lives in many ways. Some people will be able to manage their condition with eye drops and at-home methods, but many people will benefit from our non-invasive treatment options for longer-lasting relief. 

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eye causes range from hormonal imbalances to environmental exposures, but the most common cause is a problem with the amount or quality of your tears. Tears are much more than just water. They are a complex combination of water, oils, salt, and other components. Without all the ingredients, tears may evaporate too quickly or not lubricate your eyes well enough. You may also not produce enough tears due to inflammation or other causes. 

Most people have multiple factors contributing to their dry eye problems. Your Vold Vision team will diagnose the underlying causes of your condition and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. For many people, this treatment plan includes in-office treatments with lasting results. 

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How to Treat Dry Eye

For many people with dry eye, their first stop is the eye care section of their local store. While some people might find occasional relief there, people with more significant issues will need something more effective. 

LipiFlow®

One of the most common causes of poor tear quality is blocked Meibomian glands. This condition is called Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). These glands produce the oil component of your tears, so when they are blocked, your tears evaporate too quickly. 

LipiFlow® works using a single-use applicator that applies gentle heat and massage to the edge of your eyelid where the Meibomian glands are located. This combination loosens blockages and expresses trapped oil so the glands can work properly again. Results can last for months or even longer, depending on how often your glands become blocked. 

Prokera®

This treatment uses a biological membrane to form a corneal bandage that strengthens and protects your corneas. Prokera® is applied in-office and can provide dry eye relief in as little as three days. Benefits can last up to five months, and each treatment takes only a few minutes. This treatment is also used for a wide range of other corneal conditions and injuries. 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Inflammation of the lower eyelids can keep the oil glands there from functioning normally, leading to tears that evaporate too fast. IPL uses pulses of light that target blood vessels, shrinking them and reducing inflammation. This treatment is quick and, at most, feels like a light rubber band snap. 

Other Dry Eye Treatments

Depending on your needs, your dry eye specialist may recommend:

  • Customized artificial tears
  • Specialty contact lenses for dry eyes
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Warm compresses
  • Nighttime eye masks
  • Moisturing ointments
  • Specialty compounded eye drops

They may also recommend that you see another specialist if you have a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder, that is contributing to your dry eye problems. 

Is There Any Downtime With Dry Eye Treatments?

Our dry eye treatments take place in-office, usually in less than 20 minutes, and you can return to work or your other activities immediately afterward. You may notice temporary, minor redness under your eyes after IPL. At-home treatments also require no downtime, although medications can have some side effects. We will work with you over time to find the best methods to help you achieve long-lasting dry eye relief and maintain your eye health. 

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You’ll benefit not only from the latest technologies available but also from our compassionate, personal approach. You’re more than a patient at Vold Vision in Bentonville and Fayetteville. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible while evaluating the optimal treatment plan just for you. We invite Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale residents to contact us today for a consultation at (479) 755-4510.

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