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Dry Eyes & Dry Eye Syndrome at Stahl Vision in Dayton Ohio

Dry Eye and Dry Eye Syndrome are very common eye problems characterized by an annoying, uncomfortable and sometimes even painful sensation of dryness. Dryness of our eyes is a very common condition effecting young and old alike. Often times dryness of the eyes is first noted as scratchy feeling, red, irritated eyes that water a lot.  Often times the watering is so prominent that people are surprised to learn that dryness is the underlying problem. Dry Eye is often at its worse with prolonged reading, out in the wind and cold, upon awakening, and during the dry winter months.

About Your Tears

Tears form a protective layer on the front surface of the eye, the Cornea. This tear film serves to keep the eye clear optically, rinses the eye and helps to prevent infections.  The normal tears that bathe the eye are produced by glands found in clear covering of the white part of the eye, called the Conjunctiva. These tears are supplemented by oil from glands of the eyelid and mucous from Goblet Cells in the Conjunctiva to make up the complete normal tear film. When the eyes become irritated or when we cry, tears from the Lacrimal Gland flood the eye. Although these tears are effective at rinsing the eye, they are poor in quality, and may make the eye red and more sensitive to irritation.  Often this watering triggers a low-grade eyelash or eyelid margin infection, which compounds the Dry Eye problem. This infection, called Blepharitis, breaks down the oil layer of the tears allowing your eyes to dry even more rapidly. Symptoms of Blepharitis include crusting of the lashes, red lid margins, and a burning sensation.

Dry eyes are more common as we grow older. Dry Eye is an especially common problem in post-menopausal women.  Other conditions that are associated with dry eyes include Arthritis, Thyroid problems and Acne Rosacea.  Drugs and medications including antihistamines and anti-depressants often worsen dryness. Many patients notice extra dryness for several weeks after eye surgery.

Treatment for Dry Eyes and Blepharitis is usually done in stages, with most people responding to a few simple steps.

Important Note:  Patients who are having Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK, PRK) or who have had Laser Eye Surgery within the last 3 months, should ONLY use non-preserved tears that come in individual dropperettes.  DO NOT use any bottled tears, even if they say non-preserved.  Here at Stahl Vision we start all patients on Step One below before surgery and continue the non-preserved tears and oral Flax Seed Oil capsules for 3 months after surgery.

Step One

  • Use non-preserved Artificial Tears Four (4) Times Daily
  • Take Oral Flax Seed Oil Capsules Twice Daily
  • Clean your eyelashes with a wash cloth morning and night

 Step Two

  • Insert tiny tear drain plugs to help tears remain in your eyes longer
  • Use non-preserved Artificial Tears Eight (8) Times Daily
  • Use an ointment at bedtime and run a humidifier in the bedroom

Step Three

  • Continue Steps One & Two
  • Trial of Restasis® Eye Drops Twice Daily
  • Trial of Oral Doxycycline

Stahl Vision Laser & Eye Surgery Center in Dayton Ohio is conveniently located for patients in need of diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eyes and Dry Eye Syndrome from Sidney, Springfield, Urbana, Dayton, Cincinnati, West Chester, Eaton, Xenia, Jamestown, Franklin, Springboro, Waynesville, Lebanon, Mason, Oxford, and Middletown Ohio. Please call Stahl Vision at 937.643.2020 to schedule an appointment for a Dry Eye examination and consultation.

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