Relieve Your Dry Eyes at the Eye Institute of NC PC in Durham, NC

Dry eye is a condition where enough tears cannot be produced to protect the eyes and give them the moisture necessary for clear vision. As a result, the eyes feel dry and are easily irritated. It is not clear why some people are unable to produce enough natural tears. Common causes of this condition include certain medications or the presence of other eye disorders. At the Eye Institute of NC PC we have helped patients from Chapel Hill, NC, Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC and surrounding communities with dry eye relief.

Two Types of Dry Eye: 

Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye and Evaporative Dry Eye are two types of dry eye that can develop. Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye is an eye disorder that occurs when the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery component that makes up tears. Evaporative Dry Eye is an inflammation of the meibomian glands that causes the lack of the oil produced in the tear film.

The following suggestions can help reduce the symptoms of dry eye:

  • Over-the-counter tear replacements called “artificial tears” are available in any drugstore. These eye drops may replace badly-needed moisture and provide proper lubrication for normal eye functioning.
  • Ointments can also be used just before bedtime to make sure there is enough wetness throughout the night.
  • A silicone plug can be inserted into the tear duct in order to achieve long-term closure. These plugs offer immediate to gradual relief from the discomfort of dry eyes, as well as a reduction in artificial tear use.
  • Restasis is a prescription eye medication used to increase tear production in people with dry eyes.
  • Oral supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids and flaxseed oils, may help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes.
  • Limit the use of other eye drops.

Because frequent use of these treatments over long periods of time can cause adverse reactions, it is important to consult Dr. Lee before starting any treatment for dry eye.

Contact the staff at the Eye Institute of NC PC to help relieve your dry eyes today!
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