Dry eyes is a common condition in which the body cannot produce sufficient lubrication for the eyes due to either a lack in quantity or quality of tears. Living with dry, itchy, or burning eyes can be frustrating, especially if the condition becomes chronic.
Fortunately, there are a number of dry eye treatments available at our offices in Montgomery, Bucks, and Northampton Counties, PA. After a thorough eye examination, the doctors at Ophthalmology Physicians and Surgeons can recommend the one that best suits your needs.
Which treatment is most effective will depend on the underlying cause of your condition. While some options manage symptoms, others actively work to improve the quality of your tears.
One of the most common treatments, this synthetic lubricant reduces the burning, stinging, and itchy sensations that accompany dry eye syndrome. These eye drops are available over-the-counter and can be used any time symptoms occur. However, artificial tears should not be confused with redness relieving drops, which are not intended to lubricate the eyes.
If store-bought artificial tears do not alleviate your symptoms, prescription drops may help. The most common types include:
Our doctors can recommend the most appropriate prescription.
If eye drops do not improve your symptoms, more extreme options like punctal plugs may be necessary. Made from collagen or silicone, these plugs are inserted into the drain openings of the eyelids to prevent moisture from leaking out too quickly.
Depending on your specific needs, this nonsurgical treatment may be temporary or permanent. Regardless of which option is more appropriate for you, though, punctal plugs are comfortable and virtually undetectable once placed.
There are a few things you can do at home to alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes, including:
Although these at-home tips may not be able to completely eliminate dry eye, they can alleviate some of the more severe effects.
If you are suffering from burning or itching eyes, dry eye treatment may be the answer. To explore your treatment options, contact us online or call us at (215) 672-4300 and schedule an appointment.