Dry Eye Syndrome

Do you suffer from burning, itchy, or watering eyes? Dry eye syndrome, otherwise known as dry eye disease, could be the reason for your symptoms. At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, we know how frustrating dry eye symptoms can be and we offer diagnosis and treatment to manage chronic dry eyes.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eyes occur when there is not adequate lubrication on the surface of the eye. Studies estimate that the number of Americans who suffer from this condition is more than 16 million.1 Anyone can have occasional dry eyes, but dry eye syndrome, also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is characterized by frequent or severe dry eyes.
 
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Types of Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease is categorized into two different types:

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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

Evaporative dry eye is often caused by an underlying condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD. Your eyelids have tiny glands that produce lubricating oils to keep your eyes moisturized and prevent tear evaporation. If these glands, called Meibomian glands, become blocked, it can cause dry eye syndrome.

Common Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms

If you suffer from frequent dry eyes, you may have dry eye syndrome. Some of the symptoms of dry eyes include:2

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Causes of Dry Eyes

There is not one singular cause of dry eyes, and this irritating condition can affect anyone. Some risk factors that can increase the likelihood of dry eye symptoms include:3

  • More than 2 hours per day of screen time
  • Aging—dry eyes occur more frequently over age 50
  • Environmental factors, such as dry and windy weather
  • Contact lenses
  • Hormonal changes, including menopause
  • Medical conditions, including thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, diabetes and Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Prolonged use of certain medications, such as birth control pills, decongestants, antihistamines, diuretics, and certain antidepressants

Treatment Options for Dry Eye Syndrome

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, we offer several dry eye solutions. Your eye doctor will discuss your symptoms and evaluate your eyes to determine the cause of your dry eyes. They will then recommend a treatment plan based on the type and severity of your dry eyes. Your eye doctor may recommend prescription eye drops such as Restasis® (Cyclosporine) or Xiidra® (Lifitegrast). Other possible treatments include non-surgical procedures to unblock the Meibomian glands or the insertion of punctal plugs in the tear ducts to prevent tear drainage.
 
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Learn More About Dry Eye Treament

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, our experts can diagnose the source of your dry eye symptoms and provide effective, lasting treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eye Syndrome

Will over-the-counter eye drops fix my dry eyes?

Over the counter eye drops and artificial tears can provide temporary relief. Look for formulas that do not have preservatives. However, if your frequent dry eyes are caused by MGD or poor tear production, you will need treatment from an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist who specializes in dry eye disease.

Are there any home remedies for dry eyes?

Yes, there are several things you can do to help prevent or soothe dry eyes:

Are there any long-term health risks associated with dry eye syndrome?
The biggest side effect of chronic dry eyes is a negative effect on overall quality of life. If left untreated dry eye syndrome can also cause more serious eye problems such as corneal abrasions and eye infections.

Contact Us

We are dedicated to providing high-quality eye care for patients throughout the Columbus, Hilliard, and Dublin, Ohio area. You don’t have to suffer with frustrating dry eye symptoms. Contact us to learn more about dry eye treatments.

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1 Farrand KF, Fridman M, Stillman IO, Schaumberg DA. Prevalence of Diagnosed Dry Eye Disease in the United States Among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older. Am J Ophthalmol 2017;182:90-8
2 Mayo Clinic. Dry Eyes. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863. Accessed June 16, 2021
3 American Academy of Ophthalmology. What is Dry Eye? Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-dry-eye Accessed June 16, 2021

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