While dry eye syndrome is a chronic, and usually progressive condition, and is not generally curable, its symptoms are generally easy to manage and relieve. There are so many different causes of dry eye syndrome so your treatment is going to be dependent on what is causing your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend using just one, or a combination of treatments.
On initial treatment, doctors will usually ask you to fill in a questionnaire about the symptoms you are experiencing. After the first few weeks of treatment, they might ask you to refill this. This will help them understand which is the best treatment for your specific case. By following your doctor’s instructions you are most likely to find the perfect treatment for you.
1. OTC Tear Drops
If you think your dry eyes are caused by looking at a computer, or screen, reading, or paperwork, the best treatment is probably over the counter artificial tears. There are so many different OTC brands of artificial tears that it can be confusing which to choose. The low viscosity ones are watery, will provide short-lived relief, and little to no blurring of your vision. High viscosity ones are more gel-like and may be better to use overnight when you do not immediately need clear vision.
You can skip the OTC drops and ask your doctor for a prescription eye drop called Restasis. It will reduce your inflammation and help produce more tears, keeping your eyes more comfortable. It takes roughly 3 months for the full effects of Restasis to be felt.
3. Steroid Eye Drops
Steroid eye drops are generally meant to be used short-term and are generally used alongside long-term treatments to increase their effectiveness. While the effect of the steroids should not be felt anywhere but the eye, you should discuss your medical history with your doctor before using these. Most doctors will start you off on milder drops but depending on the severity of your symptoms they could start you on stronger steroids.
4. Punctual Plugs
Punctual plugs are used to keep tears on the surface of the eye for longer. The sterile device is inserted into the tear drainage ducts in the upper and lower eyelids. Tears can’t drain away from the eyes as easily, therefore, lubricating the eyeball for longer.
5. Nutritional Supplements
Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease symptoms of dry eye syndrome quite effectively. You can find these in flaxseed oil, palm oil, cold-water, fatty fish such as salmon and sardines, and fish liver oils. Sometimes, more water is also a help. If you are even mildly dehydrated, it can exacerbate your symptoms.
Featured Image: DepositPhotos/ gvictoriaPosted on April 11, 2017