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Dry Eye Treatment

Find relief from dry, itchy, irritated eyes.

Dry eyes affect millions of people in the United States. It is estimated that as many as 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from this uncomfortable condition.

If you need help, book an appointment at Primary Eye Care of Arlington. We’ll help you find a treatment option that brings you the relief you’re searching for.

What are the common symptoms of dry eye?

Everyone experiences dry eye differently because there are so many potential underlying causes.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Redness or eyes that appear irritated and bloodshot
  • Consistent burning or tingling sensations in the eyes
  • Eyes that feel itchy or as if they have something in them
  • Increased sensitivity to bright lights or sunlight
  • Excessive tearing, or eyes that always appear watery

What causes dry eye?

There are many potential causes of dry eye.

In some cases, the cause is obvious, such as environmental irritants or short-term inflammation.

Some of the other causes of chronic dry eye problems include:

  • Disease of the meibomian glands
  • Blepharitis
  • Allergies
  • Defects that affect the eyelid or shape of the eye
  • Certain medications
  • Abnormal eye pressure
  • Deficiency of aqueous fluids

Because the underlying causes vary, treatment methods after diagnosis will also vary according to the patient. It is also not uncommon for there to be more than one cause for dry eye.

How is dry eye diagnosed and treated?

Through imaging of the meibomian glands, measuring osmolarity of the tear film, and screening for certain conditions, we are able to diagnose and provide treatment for the condition.

Some of the typical treatments include:

  • Prescription eye drops to combat inflammation
  • Treating oil glands
  • Blinking exercises or proper eyelid hygiene

If an infection is causing the issue, low-dose antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Dry Eye Treatments Offered at Primary Eye Care of Arlington

Optilight being performed in-office

Optilight by Lumenis

This is an in-office procedure to help target inflammation that leads to ocular surface disease. Optilight is the only dry eye IPL treatment that is FDA approved. This treatment helps eliminate symptoms quickly. In our office, it is paired with Tear Care to optimize results. This is great for patients that have ocular rosacea, meibomian gland dysfunction, and blepharitis.

Tear Care

This is an in-office procedure that helps with heating the lids to the right temperature to facilitate moving thickened oils out of the glands. This procedure works well for patients that have meibomian gland dysfunction and has great results when paired with IPL.

Allergy Testing by Allerfocus

Avoidance is the best remedy for allergies but if the patient does not know what they are allergic to they can find out using allergy testing. We partner with Allerfocus to provide this for patients that take allergy medications that can be drying to the ocular surface. If the results show that they are allergic to things that they cannot avoid, Allerfocus can provide sublingual immunotherapy to help build tolerance. Ultimately we are avoiding the allergy medications to help with dryness.

5M Keratograph by Oculus

This device helps with our diagnostics and gives the patient their ocular surface disease story. There are many factors that cause ocular surface disease and this helps us with imaging and helps patients understand what needs to be fixed for them to feel better. We do a report on every Dry Eye Evaluation done in our office and are able to send it if the patient’s specialist or if the referring doctor requires it so that we can all better understand the patient’s journey and work together to help them.

Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable — they can also be bad for the health of your eyes. Book an appointment at Primary Eye Care of Arlington to find relief.