What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome is known as DES. It is a chronic eye condition which can happen to your eyes when the eyes produce an insufficient number of tears or when the tears lack the essential oils that lubricate the eye’s surface. (It frequently results in soggy eyes and unnecessary tearing!). A well-oiled eye blocks foreign bodies or substances from irritating the eye’s surface.

Dr. Wayne Maltz cares for his patients from all over Houston, Texas who have Dry Eye symptoms, helping them achieve long-lasting relief from Dry Eye Syndrome.

When tears decrease the frequency, Dry Eye is the reason for it. Request an appointment immediately!

What Causes Dry Eye?

It can happen for several reasons like genetics, the natural ageing process, or prescription medications, to name a few. Another reason is Hormonal changes are a common cause of Dry Eye. In fact, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking oral contraceptives, or experiencing menopause find that their eyes feel dry and uncomfortable during these times. Women over the age of 50 have a 50% greater chance of developing DES than men of the same age.

The people who are suffering from DES can try to relieve the pain by flashing either less or more often, stroking their eyes, or by using over-the-counter artificial tears.

Common Symptoms of Dry Eye

The most common eye symptoms are adding below :

  1. Blurriness
  2. Burning
  3. Dryness
  4. Feeling as if something is in your eye
  5. Irritation
  6. Itchy eyes
  7. Pain
  8. Red eyes
  9. Stinging
  10. Watery eyes

Why is blinking important? It is very healthy because it naturally moisturises the eyes and gets rid of tiny particles that may enter the eye. Fewer blinking can increase dryness, itching, or redness, making designs much more intense.

If you are rubbing your eyes very often it can intensify your symptoms. It can increase the pain because of pressure. If your hands aren’t 100% clean, you can inadvertently spread germs or bacteria into your eyes when you rub them. Rubbing the eyes can also cause tiny blood vessels to break, increasing the redness of your eyes.

Artificial tears provide some temporary relief by lubricating the eyes with a medicated solution. It is effective at improving pain and itchiness; however, unnecessary use isn’t suggested. There are a lot of brands containing additives, which are not also good for your health in the long-term. Other preservative-free brands can, over time, fail to relieve the basic Dry Eye symptoms. Patients may find that having to constantly purchase artificial tears can become costly, and regularly utilising them throughout the day disrupts their daily events.

Dry Eye Treatments

With the help of eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or a heated compress dry eye treated. Might the doctor suggest punctal plugs. It is basically a small device which is inserted into the eye’s tear duct, blocking any drainage. It can prevent the DES symptoms by adding moisture from draining out of the eye, instead keeping them inside the tear duct area. This increases the moisture level, giving longer-term relief. Plus, punctal plugs are not lasting and can be easily eliminated or replaced, making them a simple, inexpensive solution to relieve symptoms.

Dry Eye Technology

Innovations in medical technology and scientific advances have made therapy for Dry Eye easier, with faster results, and longer-lasting advantages. Three of the emerging technologies for DES treatment are InflammaDry, LipiFlow, and TearLab.

Our tears include a pure protein enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase-9, or MMP-9. Patients with Dry Eye usually have elevated levels of this protein. The InflammaDry system measures MMP-9 levels by analyzing the tears taken from inside the lower eyelid. The entire procedure is quick, and you'll have your results in approximately 10 minutes. Because the disposable test can be done in the office, it's a popular choice with doctors and DES patients.

Meibomian glands are located by the eyelashes, towards the edge of the eyelid. These glands secrete oils, which lubricate the eye and keep your tears moist. When the glands become blocked, Dry Eye occurs.

This method brings detailed images of the tear film in the eye, so that the doctor can decide if you have MGD. Then a combination of gentle heat and light pressure are applied on both the inside and outside of the eyelid, removing the blockage and stimulating your eye’s natural moisture. The process takes around 12 minutes to administer and is done in the doctor’s office.

Texas State Optical Champions is famous for their most sharp-edge and innovative technologies to test for Dry Eye Syndrome quickly and effectively. Let Dr. Wayne Maltz and the talented, experienced staff help get you started on the path to real long-term relief from Dry Eye.

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