Dry Eye Treatment
Do your eyes feel dry, itchy, and irritated on a regular basis?
Nearly five million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from a condition called dry eye. Many younger people suffer with it, too. So, you are not alone. It’s important to address this, because OSD is not only uncomfortable, it’s unhealthy.
- Your eyes feel itchy or as if they have something in them
- Your eyes feel a burning or tingling sensations
- Your eyes are more sensitive to bright lights and sunlight
- Your eyes feel irritated and look bloodshot or red
- Your eyes tear easily or appear watery.
Sometimes, the cause is environmental, such as from irritants and short-term inflammation from allergies. A person may have than one reason for dry eye, such as the following:
- Disease of the meibomian glands (the oil produced by these glands, which are along the inside rims of your eyelids, prevent evaporation of the eye’s tear film)
- Blepharitis (commonly happens when the oil glands along your eyelashes become clogged)
- Physical defects that affect the eyelid or eye shape
- Some medications cause dry (such as some glaucoma medications and antihistamines).
At Broadway Vision Source, we are able to painlessly image and test your eyes to diagnose the cause of your dry eye, and tailor your treatment accordingly. Treatment may include eyedrops to address inflammation with anti-inflammatory medications, eyelid exercises, and implementing a new hygiene regiment. If the problem is due to bacterial infection, we may prescribe low-dose antibiotics. BVS is one of a select few offices in Seattle that have Lipiflow to better manage Meibomian gland dysfunction. Click here to learn more about Lipiflow.
If you need help with dry eye symptoms, book an appointment with your doctor at Broadway Vision Source. We’ll help you find the correct cause, treatment, and relief for your dry eye.