Dry Eye Treatments

Dr. Tracy believes patient care comes first. At Carlsbad Eye Care, you will never have an assistant perform your procedure. Dr. Tracy is 100% hands on and present for every consultation, procedure, and post-operative visit. For more information on dry eye syndrome, or to book an appointment with Dr. Tracy, please book your appointment online or call (760) 603-9910. If you would like to learn more about dry eye syndrome and how it affects you, please continue reading below or visit the dry eye syndrome page on Mayo Clinic!
Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is one of the most common eye disorders. The most common cause that ophthalmologists see in cases of dry eye disease is meibomian gland dysfunction. The meibomian glands produce the lipid layer of the tear film, which prevents the premature evaporation of tears.

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) leads to inflammation and bacterial infiltration of the gland. The bacteria contain lipases that alter the polarity of the tear and allow its quick evaporation, as well as further block the meibomian glands. This results in blurred vision, eye pain, irritation and redness, and swollen eyelids.

Punctal Plugs Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome
Treatments for mild cases of dry eyes can include lifestyle changes and using artificial tear eye drops. Preservative-free eye drops are available for people who are sensitive to the preservatives in artificial tears. If you need to use artificial tears more than every two hours, you should consult an ophthalmologist.

Your ophthalmologist may suggest that you use a prescription medication. One such medication, cyclosporine, works by stimulating tear production. Steroid eye drops may also be used, but are generally not recommended for long-term treatment. Other treatment options include gels and ointments, as well as punctual occlusion therapy.
Contact A Dry Eye Expert Today

Dry eye is extremely common and can effect anyone. If you suffer from dry eye, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with a board certified specialist. For more information on dry eye syndrome, or to book an appointment with Dr. Tracy, please call (760) 603-9910. 
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