Understanding Dry Eye
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a common and often chronic eye condition that occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the quality of your tears is poor.
Tears are essential for the overall health and comfort of your eyes. They provide moisture, lubrication, and a protective layer on the eye’s surface, helping to maintain clear vision and prevent discomfort.
Causes of Dry Eye
Various factors can cause dry eye, and understanding these causes is crucial to effectively addressing and managing this condition. Here are some of the primary causes of dry eye:
- Environmental Factors: Prolonged exposure to harsh conditions like dry, windy climates, excessive indoor heating or air conditioning, and high-altitude environments can lead to increased tear film evaporation, resulting in dry eye symptoms.
- Age-Related Changes: As we age, natural bodily changes, including reduced tear production, make older individuals more susceptible to dry eye. Changes in the eye’s structure and function also contribute.
- Contact Lens Wear: Contact lens wearers often experience dry eye due to the presence of lenses, which can disrupt tear distribution and moisture retention.
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD): When the tiny oil-producing meibomian glands along the eyelids become clogged or malfunction, it can lead to an evaporative dry eye.
- Systemic Health Conditions: Conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes can affect tear quality and quantity, disrupting normal eye function.
- Medications: Some medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, and birth control pills, may cause dry eye as a side effect.
Understanding the cause of your dry eye is essential for effective treatment. At The Eye Studio, we comprehensively evaluate your specific factors and tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs.
Can Contact Lenses Cause Dry Eye?
For those who rely on contact lenses, dry eye can be a persistent issue. The Eye Studio understands the challenges that contact lens wearers face and offers specialized solutions to ensure you enjoy clear vision without discomfort.
Contact lenses can sometimes exacerbate dry eye symptoms, but with the right care and guidance from our experienced optometrists, you can comfortably wear contact lenses without irritation. Discover the benefits of our expertly crafted strategies to manage dry eye symptoms while wearing contact lenses.
Our Advanced Dry Eye Treatments at The Eye Studio
We offer a range of advanced treatments designed to alleviate dry eye symptoms and target the underlying causes.
Our comprehensive approach addresses meibomian gland dysfunction and its associated issues, ensuring that you get long-lasting relief.
LipiFlow Treatment: Restoring Eye Comfort
Meibomian gland dysfunction is a leading cause of dry eyes. This condition occurs when the tiny oil-producing glands at the edge of your eyelids become clogged. LipiFlow is a revolutionary treatment that gently and precisely unclogs these glands, allowing them to resume their natural function and promoting
With LipiFlow at The Eye Studio, you can experience significant relief from dry eye symptoms. Our team of experts will assess your condition and determine if LipiFlow is the right solution for you. Say goodbye to dry eyes and welcome back comfort and clarity.
Optilight Lumenis IPL: Light Therapy for Dry Eye Relief
Optilight Lumenis IPL is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes intense pulsed light to stimulate your meibomian glands and improve tear quality. This innovative therapy offers long-term relief by targeting the root causes of dry eye.
TearCare: Customized Dry Eye Therapy
TearCare is a cutting-edge therapy that offers customized dry eye treatment. This revolutionary approach targets the root causes of dry eye symptoms, providing a tailored solution for each patient.
The Eye Studio is proud to offer TearCare as part of our comprehensive dry eye services, ensuring you receive the care you need.
Visit Our Dry Eye Clinic In Portland
Ready to say goodbye to dry, uncomfortable eyes? Contact The Eye Studio to schedule an appointment at our Dry Eye Clinic.
We are in Portland and are here to provide comprehensive care for all your eye health needs.
Don't let dry eyes hold you back — experience the relief you deserve at The Eye Studio.