Dry Eye Diagnosis & Management in Lafayette

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There can be many different causes for dry eyes. That’s why we fully examine your unique case of dry eyes to tailor a treatment plan to you.

Signs You Could Have Dry Eyes

When evaluating you for dry eyes, there are certain symptoms and risk factors we look for.

Many patients with dry eyes experience some or all of the following symptoms, typically in both eyes:

  • Stinging, burning, or scratchy feeling
  • Gritty feeling; like something is in your eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue or tired feeling
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes

Some people are at a greater risk of developing dry eyes than others. If you fit into the following categories, you could have an increased chance of developing dry eyes.

  • Age: Dry eyes occur naturally as we age. Most people over the age of 65 will experience symptoms of dry eyes.
  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes brought on by menopause, pregnancy, and birth control.
  • Medications: A number of medications can decrease tear production leading to dry eyes, including antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants.
  • Medical conditions: Autoimmune diseases like Sjorgren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus can increase your risk for dry eyes. So can diabetes and thyroid conditions.
  • Contact lens use: Contact lenses can interfere with the distribution of tears over the eyes, although your optometrist can recommend specialty contacts if you have dry eyes.
  • Laser eye surgery: Laser eye surgery like LASIK can interfere with tear production, although this side effect is often temporary.

How We Diagnose & Treat Dry Eyes

Before recommending a treatment plan, we fully evaluate your eyes to determine the root cause of your dry eyes. This includes a full history to identify risk factors and a full evaluation of your eyelids, ocular surface, and tear film. Based on this evaluation, we determine the most effective management plan.

Nutrition Therapy

A number of studies have shown a well-balanced diet to be especially beneficial for eye health. Certain nutrients and vitamins can even help in the treatment of eye conditions, including dry eyes. Omega 3’s are especially beneficial for those with dry eyes. Fish, like salmon, sardines, and mackerel, are a good source of omega 3s, as are walnuts and flaxseed. Omega 3 supplements are another way to get more of the nutrients you need.

IPL Therapy

IPL or intense pulsed light therapy is an in-office treatment designed to reduce inflammation linked to dry eye disease. This non-invasive procedure uses light energy to eliminate some of the factors contributing to inflammation, like irregular blood vessels. By treating the inflammation at the source, IPL allows the eye to produce a healthier tear film, which alleviates the dry eye symptoms.

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