The symptoms of chronically dry eyes affect as many as 16 million people in the United States. To increase your eye comfort and reduce your risks for damaging your eyes, the experienced ophthalmologists at Fry Eye Associates located in Garden City, Kansas, offer comprehensive treatment plans to reduce irritation caused by dry eyes. Learn more about your options for treating dry eyes by calling Fry Eye Associates today or by booking a consultation online.
The surface of your eye contains a filmy layer of tears that keep them moisturized and protected from debris. Every time you blink, the tear film refreshes your eyes and flushes out irritants.
When this layer of tears isn’t working correctly, it can result in dry eye, a syndrome that leaves you feeling like your eyes are persistently irritated.
You may develop dry eye because of:
The use of certain medications can also increase your risk of developing dry eyes. Women undergoing hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy and menopause, may also be more prone to dry eye.
Not having enough tears to keep your eyes moisturized can cause irritation and other symptoms like:
To confirm these issues are related to dry eye and not a more sinister condition, the team at Fry Eye Associates performs diagnostic dry eye testing. This evaluation involves a Schirmer’s test, which uses a thin strip of paper your provider places on your eye to measure the quality and quantity of your tears. They can also perform the TearLab Osmolarity Test, which is a quantitative, point-of-care solution that can assess dry eye.
While there’s no cure for dry eye, the Fry Eye Associates team can create a treatment plan that focuses on protecting your eyes from unnecessary damage and increasing your eye comfort.
The team offers several solutions for dry eye including:
They also provide punctal plugs — small plugs that go into your tear ducts to prevent your tears from draining too fast.
LipiFlow® is a noninvasive vector thermal pulse (VTP) technology™ that delivers heat energy to the meibomian (tear) glands to increase tear production.
After a comprehensive eye exam and dry eye diagnostic testing, your Fry Eye Associates doctor tailors your treatment to meet your needs. They monitor your condition to ensure your symptoms are resolved and that your eyes remain healthy.
To learn more about treatment options for dry eye, contact Fry Eye Associates today by calling the office or by requesting a diagnostic evaluation online now.