Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome in Tallahassee
Winter has finally descended on us here in the Panhandle of Florida and with the cold wind, comes dry, scratchy eyes. Big Bend Family Eye Care knows that this burning sensation in your eyes that make them water could be the cold wind. Or it could be allergies. Or you could be suffering with a condition that many people in Tallahassee suffer from called Dry Eye Syndrome, or DES.
When your eyes do not produce enough tears, you get DES. This is a chronic condition that quite frankly, people kind of just deal with. It can also be from your eyes producing tears that evaporate too quickly. The ending result is that your eyes are denied sufficient moisture and lubrication and that’s when the burning sensation begins.
Treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome
Dr. Tiffany Malone and her staff evaluate you with the proper testing and will determine if your symptoms are a result of DES. If they are, some of our recommendations for a treatment plan that may include:
- Lubrication: Lubricating eye drops that can temporarily relieve some symptoms;
- Eye Drops: Prescription eye drops that increase tear production;
- Eyelid Inserts: Inserts placed under your eyelid that slowly release lubrication throughout the day;
- Lacrimal plugs: Lacrimal plugs are devices that prevent tears from draining away too quickly.
The first step towards relief from Dry Eye Syndrome is a comprehensive eye examination, so please contact our office for an appointment, or let us know that you’re experiencing symptoms of DES at your next visit.
Although dry eye syndrome can be chronic and a progressive condition, that doesn’t mean you have to live in pain and discomfort. Most cases are completely curable and in other, it can be managed successfully using the methods listed above.