Ophthalmologist in the San Francisco East Bay Area
Chronic Dry Eye, also known as keratoconjuctivitis sicca, can occur when the tear glands don't produce the right quantity of tears to moisten your eyes Often, the quality of those tears is poor as well. About 3.2 million women in the United States have Chronic Dry Eye; however many more Americans, including men, don't know they have it.
Whether you suffer from Chronic Dry Eye (daily symptoms) or dry eye (infrequent symptoms), your eyes need a constant layer of tears to keep them lubricated or moist, protected and clean. In Chronic Dry Eye, underlying changes to the health of the tear-producing glands and their inability to produce the right amount of tears, result in a tear film that doesn't provide enough nourishment or protection to the surface of your eye. This can damage the eye surface, which, in turn, can lead to the symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye. If left untreated, Chronic Dry Eye may weaken your vision and increase the risk of eye infection.
Symptoms may vary for each person, however, common symptoms include:
A stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation A gritty or sandy sensation in your eyes Discomfort caused by wind, smoke, pollen, and airborne elements Difficulty wearing contact lenses
Anyone can suffer from Chronic Dry Eye, which may be caused by:
Visit www.focusondryeye.com to take an interactive dry eye quiz that will help your eye doctor evaluate the severity of your symptoms
Currently there is no cure for Chronic Dry Eye, however, patients have several choices for managing the symptoms that accompany the condition. Together, you and your eye doctor will choose the treatment that best serves your dry eye needs.
Over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops temporarily lubricate the eye and relieve dry eye symptoms.
Prescription therapies: talk to your eye doctor about available treatment options that may be right for you.
Tear duct plus, also known as punctal plugs, are silicone plugs that can be inserted by your eye doctor to close the ducts that drain tears out of your eyes.
Call the Lerner Eye Center today at 888-820-9600 or email us here to make an appointment or request more information.