Dry Eye affects more then 20 million Americans. It is a condition where the eye does not produce tears properly or the tears evaporate too quickly. This then causes inflammation and a variety of symptoms. If left untreated, it can cause infection, ulcers and even scars on the cornea that can lead to a loss of vision.
At Karwoski Family Vision, our patient’s number one complaint is dry eye. Due to its prevalence, our office specializes in dry eye. We offer the latest technology in evaluating and treating dry eye. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms below you may have a condition called dry eye syndrome. Please give us a call to schedule a dry eye evaluation.
Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye:
Oasis Tears Plus:
Tears help lubricate your eyes and protect the outer surface of your eye. A lack of tears, can lead to a condition called Dry Eye Syndrome. This is why a good artificial tears that gives long-lasting lubrication is key for dry eye.
Oasis Tears Plus are our number one choice for artificial tears for two main reasons. Number one, they are preservative free artificial tears that can help with dry eye. A lot of drops that are over the counter have preservatives that can irritate and harm the eyes. They can make the eyes even more dry.
Secondly, Oasis tears plus also contain glycerin, which helps with longer-lasting lubrication of the ocular surface. This is why they last longer compared to other artificial tears over the counter.
PRN Eye Omega:
Omega 3s are essential for eye health. Studies have shown that omega 3s can help alleviate dry eye. Many over-the-counter omega vitamins are ester based. PRN Eye Omega is produced in a re-esterified triglyceride form, which is a cleaned form, similar to omega 3s found in nature, like fish. This makes it easier to be absorbed by your body.
Dry Eye Syndrome is an inflammatory disease. Omega 3s help with bringing inflammation down in the body. This is why a daily supplement of omega is key in fighting dry eye.
Eye Omega also contains other important vitamins needed to maintain well eye health such as lutein and zeaxanthin. These are important vitamins for treating and preventing macular degeneration. Americans only get 10% of it in their diet.
Punctal plugs is another form of treatment for dry eye. These are small devices that are inserted into the small openings of the tear drainage ducts located in the inner corner of the lower and upper eyelids. By placing this plug, tears will no longer be able to drain into the duct. Thus allowing the tears to stay longer on the outer surface. This will help with lubrication. This procedure is usually covered by your medical insurance.
In some chronic cases of dry eye, severe damage can happen like punctate keratitis, where the cornea becomes like sandpaper. In these instances, using an amniotic membrane may become necessary to heal the cornea.
Amniotic Membrane is part of the human placenta that is closest to the baby during embryonic development in the womb. If protects the baby from any harm and it has natural therapeutic actions which help the baby develop.
The membrane tissue has been found to help damaged or inflamed eye surfaces heal faster. Eyes treated with amniotic membranes may have quicker healing, less pain, less scarring and less inflammation.
Amniotic membranes have been used to treat eye diseases such a recurrent corneal erosion, infectious keratitis, herpes, superficial epithelial defects, severe dry eye syndrome and other corneal diseases.
They are safe and effective treatments provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA. The tissue has passed many quality control tests before it is provided to your doctor.
To learn more about this procedure, go to: https://www.blythemedical.com/aril%c2%ae.html.
If you are a patient considering this procedure, please read our consent: Informed Consent for Amniotic Membrane Allograft.