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Dry Eyes

 

  • Up to 12 million Americans suffer from an inflammatory disease called dry eye syndrome.
  • Side effects include burning, itching, stickiness, redness, and stinging of their eyes.
  • If left untreated, inflammation caused by dry eyes can lead to scarring and permanent loss of sight.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Up to 12 million Americans suffer from an inflammatory disease called dry eye syndrome. People with dry eyes frequently experience burning, itching, stickiness, redness, and stinging of their eyes. Some people with dry eyes also have periods when their eyes get so watery that tears spill over their eyelids and run down their cheeks.

Though the symptoms of dry eyes may seem like little more than a nuisance to some, dry eye syndrome can lead to serious eye problems if left untreated. Inflammation of the front surface of the eye increases the risk of some infections, and can also lead to scarring. Once scarring occurs, permanent loss of sight can occur.

Why do dry eyes occur?

Your eyes normally make small amounts of tears all day long. Tears play several important roles in keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear – they lubricate the eye’s surface, wash away debris, provide a smooth surface to help keep your vision clear, and also contain natural antibiotics that keep your eyes safe from germs that may cause infections.

Tears coat the eye in a smooth film made up of three separate layers, and each layer is made by a different part of the eye. For the tear film to do its job, all three layers have to be in their proper places in the correct amounts. If any layer is missing or abnormal, which can happen for a number of reasons, the tear film becomes disorganized and no longer soothes the eye like it should.

When the eye becomes inflamed, it starts making large quantities of tears in an effort to soothe itself. However, these bad tears don’t soothe the eye at all – they run down your face, further irritating the eye and continuing the cycle.

How We Treat It

 

At John-Kenyon, we offer comprehensive management of dry eye syndrome from the earliest symptoms to the more advanced cases. Our doctors will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your vision needs. Possible treatments include:

  • Ocular lubricants and ointments
  • Ocular cleansing regimens
  • Prescriptive ocular Immunomodulatory drops
  • Oral anti-inflammatory agents
  • Nutritional supplement consultation
  • Consultation regarding hydration of the environment
  • Both temporary and permanent plugs to minimize drainage of healthy tears
  • Cauterization of the drainage system
  • Attention to associated allergies
  • Attention to dry eye causing medications and systemic diseases

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Stephanie K., LASIK

Stephanie’s dry eyes led her to take the plunge and get LASIK at John-Kenyon!

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Catie K., LASIK

The morning after having LASIK at John-Kenyon, Catie told Dr. Piracha she should have had the procedure a long time ago. Not even 24 hours later, she was pointing out all the street signs on the way to her follow up appointment.

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Greg W., LASIK

Greg woke up seeing the alarm clock for the first time in 15 years after LASIK at John-Kenyon.

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Sarah C., LASIK

Sarah is 110% happy with her LASIK results. The morning after her procedure at John-Kenyon LASIK Center, she’s seeing 20/15!

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Phil B., LASIK

Phil was tired of constantly having to switch back and forth between glasses and contacts and was ready for a change. Thanks to LASIK at John-Kenyon, he’s now seeing 20/15!