There are many risk factors that increase your risk of developing dry eyes:
1. Age- more common after age 50
2. Systemic Diseases- Sjogrens Syndrome, Diabetes, Thryoid Dysfunction, Lupus, Rhematoid Arthiritis and other Auto-Immune conditions.
3. Computer/Electronic use- When you work on digital devices, you don't blink as much- which causes less tear release and drier eyes.
6. Medications- many prescription medications have a side affect that causes Dry Eyes.
7. Allergies- Environmental (Year round or Seasonal)
We offer many treatment options to alleviate Dry Eye Syndrome:
1. Artificial Tear Drops- the first step is to supplement you tears, the drop we recommend is based on what type of Dry Eye you have.
2. Nutritional Supplements- to build up the quality of your tears
2. Prescription Medication- if it is deemed necessary Drs. Mayer, Shah or Yost may prescribe you ophthalmic eye drops to relieve the dryness, such as Restasis or Xiidra.
3. Punctal Plugs- conserving you tears, by putting in silicone or collage plugs in the drainage system of your eyes
4. MGD Expression- expressing the oil glands to allow higher quality tears, that won't evaporate as quickly
5. Scleral Lens- a rigid gas permeable lens that lubricates the eye with a very large volume of saline over the cornea