Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic eye condition that impacts millions of Americans of all ages. For some, it might develop with age, while others might experience it as a symptom from another condition or an unfortunate side effect of eye surgery. Whatever the cause, this condition can range from being slightly inconvenient to downright frustrating. Chronic dry eyes can be itchy, painful, and can cause a host of other issues including sensitivity to light and contact lenses. Urban Eyecare & Eyewear provides dry eye treatment to West Des Moines and the surrounding communities.
Don't Suffer, Seek Dry Eye Treatment Today
The bad news is that many cases of dry eye syndrome can't be completely cured, but the good news is that all cases can be managed effectively with dry eye treatment. This is a look at some of the most common and effective types of treatment that a person suffering from dry eye syndrome can use to stop the symptoms. Note, however, that it's important to talk to your optometrist before choosing any treatment plan to prevent the risk of aggravating your condition. We want to make sure you receive the best solution for your specific eye care needs.
Types of Dry Eye Treatment
- Steroid eye drops: Inflammation is a common cause of dry eye syndrome and it usually creates the burning and redness symptoms associated with dry eyes. The artificial tears solutions you find at your local store aren't designed to address that inflammation, but our optometry expert can prescribe steroid eye drops that will. Note, steroid eye drops are generally prescribed only on a short-term basis due to some long-term risks.
- Prescription Eye Drops: This is another prescription eye drop solution but this one is particularly effective if your dry eye condition is related to allergies or displays allergy-like symptoms such as itchiness and redness. Restasis, Xiidra, or other options can lubricate the eye and include an agent that both helps reduce inflammation and assists in the production of more natural tears.
- Punctal plugs: Depending upon the severity and cause of your dry eye condition, our West Des Moines optometrist might recommend a more permanent form of treatment like punctal plugs. Punctal plugs are devices that are inserted into one of the small openings of your eye's drainage ducts. This device helps reduce how much and how quickly your tears drain away to better keep your eyes lubricated. These are considered a more permanent solution as you won't have to adjust or otherwise constantly maintain punctal plugs once inserted, however the plugs can be removed if needed.
Talk to Our Optometrist Today
These are just a few examples of the treatment options that are available for those who suffer from dry eye syndrome. The best way to know if these or any other treatment options are right for you is to undergo a thorough exam by your optometrist. Take that first step today by calling our optometry team at (515) 223-1000 to schedule your appointment with Urban Eyecare & Eyewear in West Des Moines.