Dry Eye

Dry Eye Treatment at Vision Source DC

eye chart with glassesSymptoms of dry eyes can include red, scratchy, gritty eyes, blurry vision, contact lens intolerance, and even watery eyes.

Dry Eye Causes and Symptoms

There are three components of tears and when these are not in balance, dry eyes can result.

Many factors can contribute to dry eyes:

  • Environmental concerns – such as lack of humidity
  • Computer usage
  • Eye strain
  • Increasing age
  • Lower-than-normal quality of tears
  • Insufficient tear production
  • Specific types of eye surgery
  • Some medications
  • Allergies and the medications used to treat allergies
  • Health conditions such as diabetes
  • Female hormonal changes
  • Long-term use of contact lenses

Dry Eye Treatment Options

Our exam includes an evaluation of many factors to determine the cause and an appropriate treatment. The exam includes a thorough history, life style questionnaire, testing tear osmolarity, and an evaluation of each component of tears, and health of lids and lashes. This allows us to prescribe treatment regiments aimed at the specific cause of the dry eyes. There are many options:

  • Mibo treatment to heat and massage the eyelid glands that make part of tears
  • Adding tears with specific components to balance the deficiency in your tears
  • Preserving natural tears with the use of tiny plugs or permanent closure of tear ducts
  • Raising tear production with prescription eye drops or an omega-3 fatty acid supplement
  • Curbing an underlying eyelid or eye surface inflammation using prescribed eye drops or ointments and eyelid cleansers, eyelid massages, and warm compresses
  • Implementing simple lifestyle changes such as consuming more fluids, increasing humidity in the home or work area, wearing sunglasses outdoors to decrease drying sun and wind exposure, and remembering to blink at regular intervals when reading or staring at an electronic screen

mibo dry eye treatment machine

Schedule an Exam with Our Doctor

Many treatments exist to improve dry eye comfort. Schedule an appointment so we can evaluate your ocular tear health and start treatment, so you are more comfortable. Call (202) 298-6878 to ask about our new-client special and to schedule an appointment at either office.

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Office Hours

Monday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:30 am-1:00 pm

Open two Saturdays a month. Call to confirm

Sunday:

Closed