Because dry eye syndrome involves many contributory factors, one-size-fits-all treatment plans aren’t available. It’s essential for those suffering from this condition to have a thorough examination by a qualified professional in order to determine the root cause of dry eye so that the right treatment can be prescribed. Getting relief from dry eye syndrome often involves a combined strategy customized to meet the unique needs of the individual patient. Following are just three of the treatment options available to those struggling with dry eye syndrome.
Lubricants for dry eye are available in the form of eye drops and come in over-the-counter as well as prescription strength. Over-the-counter varieties contain lubricants and electrolytes designed to provide immediate relief for transitory dry eye syndrome caused by weather or allergies. Prescription options contain ingredients that treat chronic conditions.
Punctal plugs are tiny devices manufactured from silicone that your doctor inserts into your tear ducts for the purpose of blocking drainage, resulting in your natural tears remaining in your eyes for longer periods of time. This course of action is recommended for those whose dry eye syndrome is caused by inflammation. Punctal cautery, a simple surgery performed in your eye doctor’s office that is designed to permanently close the tear ducts is often recommended when the temporary plugs aren’t as effective as desired.
The most effective nutritional supplements for dry eye syndrome contain omega-3 fatty acids. These have anti-inflammatory properties and often stop dry eye syndrome in its tracks.
Those who are currently struggling with dry eye syndrome are encouraged to contact us to learn more about possible treatment options.