Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)
Our healthy eyes are covered in a film tears every time we blink. In dry eye, or Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) those tears are no longer performing an adequate job. Dr. Rob Christensen, your Dodge City, KS optometrist at Christensen Eyecare, and his dedicated staff understand that if you are suffering from DES, your eyes are not sufficiently protected from abrasion, infection and discomfort. They are ready to help.
DES What is?
In 2017 the tear film and ocular surface society (TFOS) defined dry eye syndrome (DES) as a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
In addition to itchiness and redness, DES symptoms can include:
- Ocular Fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
Symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Who is at Risk for Developing Dry Eye?
Everyone is at risk for dry eye. Risk factors include age, sex, electronic device use, contact lens wear, meibomian gland dysfunction, eyelid disease, allergies, medications, systemic disease, LASIK, and environment.
How is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
Diagnosis is mostly based on symptoms, though a number of tests are available to guide Dr. Christensen. These tests include questionnaires, osmolarity, lissamine, and sodium fluorescein stains, meibography, non-invasive tear film analysis, MMP-9, and slit-lamp examination.
How is Dry Eye Treated?
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your dry eye including obstruction, biofilm, inflammation, and tear film. Treatment includes environmental control, artificial tears, omega 3 supplements, warm compresses, lid hygiene, Restasis, Xiidra, anti-inflammatory drops, punctal plugs thermal pulsation, autologous serum eye drops, and light therapy.
Find Your Solution to Dry Eye at Christensen Eyecare
Dry eye can every aspect of your life. If left untreated, severe DES can lead to eye inflammation, abrasion of the corneal surface, corneal ulcer and vision problems. As well as a decreased quality of life that can make it difficult to perform everyday activities. Your Dodge City KS optometrist Dr. Rob Christensen and his staff are here to help you achieve and maintain your eye health. Call us for an appointment today at (620) 227-5433.