Dry Eye Treatment Provided by Our Kansas City Metro Optometrists
If you have dry eye, you know it is more serious than it sounds. Your eyes are not just dry; they hurt and could feel itchy. However, the eye doctors at Advanced Eyecare serving Blue Springs, Raytown, and Raymore, MO, ease your red eyes and other symptoms through the use of a revolutionary treatment, iLux, as well as various other methods.
About Dry Eyes
Dry eye is a condition where you do not produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes. Either your eyes do not produce enough tears or do not produce quality tears. When you suffer from dry eyes, your eyes might sting, burn, or feel uncomfortable. Often, you have a gritty sensation in your eyes. Your eyes might look red or have stringy mucus in them. Often, dry eye is accompanied by sensitivity to light. You might experience difficulty wearing contacts and driving at night. Dry eyes can cause blurred vision and eye fatigue.
While some medications can lead to dry eye, it often comes with age. You might develop it if you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or a thyroid disorder. If you have had laser eye surgery, it may cause dry eyes. In most cases, it is only temporary.
Dry eye can lead to eye infections since you do not have enough tears to protect them. If you do not receive treatment for dry eyes, it can eventually lead to eye inflammation, vision problems, and a corneal ulcer. It may even decrease your quality of life because it can make it hard for you to read and look at a computer screen.
How Do We Diagnose and Treat Dry Eyes
Often, our optometrists are able to diagnose dry eyes with just learning about your symptoms and examining your eyes. Frequently, we use a comprehensive eye exam along with a tear measurement and an analysis of the quality of them. In some cases though, we may use a process known as LipiScan to both diagnose and treat your itchy, painful, and red eyes as well. We use LipiScan to evaluate your Meibomian glands through illumination and trans-illumination. It is an incredibly accurate diagnostic tool our eye doctors use.
We use iLux as part of dry eye treatment in many cases. Through a magnifier, we can look at the margin in the eyelid. We use warmth to melt any meibum that is blocking your glands. Next, an eye specialist uses compression to expel the melted meibum.
Other possible dry eye treatment includes D.E.R.M. masks, eye drops, eye inserts, and tear-inducing medications.
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