Dry eyes are a common problem, affecting more than 16 million Americans each year.1 People with dry eye syndrome suffer with chronic dry eye symptoms, such as redness, irritation, and itchiness, that can keep them from fully enjoying life. Dry eye syndrome can be a complex condition with many possible causes, but there are treatments available to help people find relief from frustrating dry eye symptoms.
Dry Eye Treatment in Akron, Stow, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
At the Davis Eye Center Dry Eye Clinic, our team of dry eye experts are dedicated to helping people find dry eye solutions that work for them. Our Dry Eye Clinic is directed by Shayna Richards, MSN, APRN-CNP, a Nurse Practitioner and dry eye specialist with over 20 years of experience in ophthalmology, including more than 15 years with Davis Eye Center. Contact us to schedule your dry eye consultation and learn more about your treatment options.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eye syndrome can be responsible for a range of recurring eye symptoms. Dry eye symptoms, which are typically present in both eyes, can include:
- An irritated, scratchy feeling
- Burning or stinging
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Stringy discharge
- Watery eyes or excessive tearing (this is your body’s way of overcompensating for dry eyes)
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eyes can affect anyone, but there are certain risk factors that make people more likely to suffer from chronic dry eyes. These include:
- Aging, as decreased tear production is common after 50
- Frequent use of digital devices for several hours at a time
- Environmental allergies
- Hormonal changes, such as those that occur with menopause
- Health conditions such as thyroid disorders, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, or diabetes
- Certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and diuretics
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
A major cause of dry eye syndrome is a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD. Your eyelids contain oil producing glands called meibomian glands that work to keep the eyes moist. MGD occurs when these glands are not able to function properly, often because they become blocked. MGD may be hereditary and may also be caused by the dry eye risk factors listed above.
Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome
At Davis Eye Center, we will examine your eyes and discuss your medical history and lifestyle in order to determine the cause of your dry eye symptoms. We may recommend over-the-counter eye drops or home remedies such as blinking exercises, warm compresses, or lifestyle changes. If these initial treatments do not resolve your dry eye symptoms, we offer more advanced in-office procedures.
Systane® iLux Treatment for MGD
If your dry eye symptoms are the result of MGD, treatment with the Systane® iLux can help. A non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure, the iLux is clinically proven to improve dry eye symptoms.3 This innovative treatment uses gentle pressure and soothing heat to restore meibomian gland function.
Get Relief From Dry Eyes
At Davis Eye Center, your vision and eye health are our top priority. Dry eyes are common, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with uncomfortable symptoms. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Dry Eye Clinic.
1 Farrand KF, Fridman M, Stillman IO, Schaumberg DA. Prevalence of Diagnosed Dry Eye Disease in the United States Among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older. Am J Ophthalmol 2017;182:90-8
2 Mayo Clinic. Dry Eye. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863 Accessed April 30, 2021
3 Tauber J, Owen J, Bloomenstein M, Hovanesian J, Bullimore MA. Comparison of the iLUX and the LipiFlow for the Treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Clin Ophthalmol. 2020;14:405-418