At Shadyside Eye Associates, we recognize that dry eye is chronic disease that traditionally has been overlooked and under cared for… but we want to change that!!
Dry eye is an inflammatory disease that can result in severe discomfort, contact lens intolerance, redness, pain, tearing, and even a decrease in clarity of vision. There are a variety of factors that play key roles in causing and exacerbating this condition.
With proper attention and therapy, it is possible to improve — and even eliminate — these symptoms. We are committed to going far beyond standard artificial tear treatment and into real medical and holistic therapy for the health and improvement of the affected ocular surface.
Do you suffer from dry eyes?
Nearly 1 one out of every 10 Americans does. Dry eyes, or dry eye syndrome, is one of the most common eye problems today. People suffering from dry eye are 2 to 3 times more likely to experience discomfort, blurred vision and other problems when reading, using a computer, watching television and driving.
Treating Dry Eyes
Each case of dry eye is unique. Successful alleviation of symptoms can be achieved through a number of treatment options. After a thorough exam, Dr Alicia Telega will choose the treatment options that are best for your specific needs. Treating other medical conditions such as eye lid disease, are often necessary to alleviate the symptoms associated with dry eyes. Lid diseases can include blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and ocular rosacea.
Possible treatments include artificial tears, medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory medications, punctal occlusion (a simple in-office eyelid procedure that can keep your eyes better moistened), diet modification, dry eye contact lenses and nutritional supplements. Often, a combination of treatments provides the best results.
New procedures for dry eye include IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Radio Frequency can be used to address the inflammatory and cosmetic (red eyes, red lids) components of dry eye disease with incredible results. We are so excited to be able to over these treatments at our Pittsburgh office.
What factors play a role in causing/exacerbating Dry Eye Disease?
- Daily activities (i.e., computers!!)
- Hormonal changes
- Systemic conditions (skin disorders, arthritis, Lyme disease, etc.)
Symptoms of Dry Eye
- Burning, sore and red eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Contact lens discomfort
- Eyelids sticking together
- A gritty, itchy feeling
- Dry eyes or excessive tearing
While symptoms may vary (and often do not include dry eyes at all), this chronic condition is one of the most common eye diseases and can be extremely painful and debilitating if left untreated.
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