Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can lead to discomfort, inflammation, and even vision problems. If you live in the Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Denton, or Carrollton areas, Village Vision Center can help coming up with a dry eye treatment plan.
There are several factors that can contribute to dry eye, including:
- Age: As we get older, our eyes naturally produce fewer tears. This can lead to dry eye, especially in women who are going through menopause.
- Medications: Some medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and blood pressure medications, can cause dry eye as a side effect.
- Environmental factors: Dry, windy, or dusty environments can irritate the eyes and contribute to dry eye.
- Health conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid problems, can cause dry eye.
- Lifestyle factors: People who spend a lot of time in front of screens, such as computers or smartphones, may be more prone to dry eye due to the increased amount of time they spend staring at a fixed point.
Symptoms of dry eye can include eye discomfort, redness, a burning sensation, a feeling of something in the eye, and blurred vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see an optometrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Treatment for dry eye may include artificial tears, lubricating ointments, and prescription eye drops. In severe cases, your optometrist may recommend a procedure called punctal occlusion, which involves closing the tear ducts to prevent tears from draining too quickly.
Recommended Dry Eye Treatments
- Artificial Tears
- Oasis Tears
- Hydro Dry Eye Vitamins
- Red Light Therapy
- Miboflow Treatment
Optilight Dry Eye Treatment
In addition to the treatments mentioned above, the optometry center at Village Vision Center also offers OptiLight IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy for dry eye. This treatment uses targeted light energy to improve tear production and reduce inflammation in the eyes. OptiLight IPL therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment that can be done in our office in just a few minutes. It’s a safe and effective option for those who have not had success with other dry eye treatments, or for those who want a more long-term solution. During the treatment, our optometrist will place protective eyewear on you and then apply the light energy to the surface of your eyes using a handheld device. The light energy is absorbed by the cells in the eye, stimulating tear production and reducing inflammation.
OptiLight IPL therapy has been shown to be effective in improving dry eye symptoms, including eye discomfort, redness, and blurred vision. It may also help to reduce the need for artificial tears and other medications. If you live in the Denton county area and are interested in OptiLight IPL therapy for your dry eye, our doctors at Village Vision Center is here to help. OptiLight is the only FDA approved management of dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if this treatment is right for you.