A series of evaluations will be performed by Dr. Kelly to determine the likely cause of your dry eye. Knowing what is causing your condition will help us determine the best treatment option.
Dry Eyes Treatment
Dry eye syndrome (DES) affects more than 40 million people in the United States and is one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye care professional. Kelly Vision is a TearLab™ accredited dry eye center, and our staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality care by using advanced ophthalmic diagnostic techniques and treatments.
- Dry eye affects an estimated 23 million people nationwide
- Dry eye often develops due to dysfunctional glands
- If left untreated, severe dry eye may damage the cornea
- Dry eye may be caused by diabetes, sleep apnea, or certain cosmetic procedures
- Those who spend a lot of time looking at their computer, tablet, or smartphone are at a higher risk
Dry Eye or MGD?
Dry eye occurs when the eyes don’t produce sufficient tears, or when the tears evaporate too quickly. Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating and can affect your personal and professional life — from reading to watching TV to driving or doing computer work. The most common form of dry eye is evaporative dry eye, also known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which affects 9 out of 10 (86%) dry eye cases.
MGD results from a shortage of oil in the tears, which is caused by a blockage in your eyelid glands. This causes the tears to evaporate faster than normal.
You really won’t be able to know if you have MGD until your eye care doctor has examined your eye. If you believe you may have this condition, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.
Common Symptoms of MGD
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Discomfort in windy or dry conditions
- Inability to wear contact lenses
- Constant use of eyedrops
- Trouble being out in the sun
- Symptoms that worsen late in the day
- Difficulty with visual tasks such as reading, watching TV, and driving
There are a number of treatments available for patients who experience dry eyes, including eyedrops, medication, surgery, and more. Bear in mind that dryness does not prevent you from being a LASIK candidate with these viable treatment options. To find out whether you are a candidate for LASIK, try our free LASIK self-test now.
Your Free Consultation at Kelly Vision Center
Take the first step in relieving your dry eye symptoms by contacting us to set up your free consultation at Kelly Vision Center. Dr. James Kelly is a board-certified ophthalmologist, with refractive surgery as his subspecialty. As a comprehensive refractive surgeon, Dr. Kelly is certified in all aspects of refractive surgery, which allows him to offer patients a full repertoire of surgical and non-surgical options to get the best solution for their visual needs. There are very few doctors in the country that can offer this array. At Kelly Vision Center, we offer a boutique experience where you are more than just a number. We look forward to meeting you.