Your Treatment Options for Chronic Dry Eye
Persistent dry eye annoyance should not be ignored and accepted as a common condition based on lifestyle and environmental factors. It could be a serious eye condition. Unexplained, prolonged dry eye symptoms are not normal and should be examined by one of the board-certified ophthalmologists at Central Valley Eye Medical Group serving the communities of Stockton, Manteca, or Modesto, CA.
Two Types of Chronic Dry Eye
Natural tear production requires an internal chemical balance to lubricate the eyes efficiently. Ironically, a common sign of dry eye is excessive watering.
There are two different types of dry eye tears:
- Lubricating tears – produced slowly and steadily throughout the day – nourish and protect the front surface of the eye with a balance of mucous, water, oil, nutrients, proteins, and antibodies.
- Reflex tears serve as an emergency response to the eye when it is injured or irritated. For example, when you’re cutting onions, exposed to smoke, or have scratched your eye. The tear drainage system can’t handle reflex tears and they spill over to the cheeks unexpectantly.
Treatment Options for Chronic Dry Eye
Seek help from Central Valley Eye Medical Group when you experience drawn-out symptoms of chronic dry eye, such as light sensitivity, watery eyes, blurred vision, and poor nighttime driving.
There are three primary treatment options for your chronic dry eye:
- Restasis® is the latest and most effective treatment for chronic dry eye because it reduces inflammation and helps produce more tears. Unlike artificial tears, Restasis® drops treat the cause of chronic dry eye beyond just alleviating symptoms.
- Punctual Occlusion medically treats chronic dry eye by improving and extending the use of existing lubricating tears produced.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treats chronic dry eyes using the same technology remedying skin tone and unsightly blood vessels on the surface of the skin.
Find Comfort for Your Chronic Dry Eye
Don’t accept the discomfort caused by your chronic dry eye. Improve your eye quality of life by calling 209-952-3700 and reaching out to the Central Valley Eye Medical Group today. One of our experienced, board-certified ophthalmologists serving the communities of Stockton, Manteca, or Modesto, CA, can help.
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