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September 22nd, 2014
Exciting New Options for Keratoconu
The past few years have brought exciting advancements for contact lenses for keratoconus and other irregular corneas.
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June 2nd, 2014
Update on contact lenses for irregu
So many exciting advancements in contact lenses for irregular corneas within the past few years! If your have irregular...
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A Few Words About Dry Eye

Paul Jensen

 A Few Words About Dry Eyes

One of the most common complaints that we see on a daily basis is that of dry eyes. That feeling of scratchy or red eyes can be extremely frustrating, especially when eye drops don’t help. Because there are so many factors in dry eyes, it can be difficult to pin down the causes.

Anything from age, hormonal changes, work environment, medications, or just problems with tear production can cause dryness. We like to treat dry eyes as soon as feasible, because it so often continues to get worse over time.

Treatments depend largely on the cause of the dryness. Many people, for example sleep with the eyes slightly open at night. They would need a very different treatment from someone who is taking a blood pressure medication that is causing problems. Surprisingly, most people with dry eyes produce plenty of tears. It is usually the quality of the tears that matters most. So, while a prescription eye drop like Restasis® can be a lifesaver to some, it would be completely ineffective for most people.

One common and hidden cause of dry eye is autoimmune disease. Many conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, or ankylosing spondylitis will cause a very aggravating situation. These patients have extremely dry and painful eyes, yet look fairly normal under the examining microscope. We often hear these patients stories. They go from doctor to doctor, each one telling them that “it’s all in their head”, or simply given a weak treatment that seems to match their weak clinical signs. The appropriate treatment for these patients makes them feel much better - both in their eyes, as well as in the knowledge that their problems are real and were taken seriously.

Added on 01/18/2012

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