Dry Eye Syndrome (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) – Dry Eye) – San Antonio, TX

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About Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eye does not produce a sufficient amount of tears or poor quality of tears. This natural lubrication is needed for healthy nourishment and moisture. It is also a key factor in maintaining the quality condition of the front of the eye and aiding in clear vision. When this condition arises, it can cause dryness, itchiness, blurred vision, and the feeling like something is in the eye that won't flush out. Dry eye syndrome affects hundreds of thousands of people with more than three million U.S. cases each year. At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX, we offer several treatment solutions to help improve your optical health. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our seasoned ophthalmologists, Dr. Allison Young, Dr. Kristin Held, and/or Dr. Teresa Whitney. We look forward to serving you.

Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of dry eye syndrome include burning sensation, redness, dryness, itchiness, and a gritty sensation or feeling like something is in the eye. Additional symptoms may include light sensitivity, poor night vision, and overall blurred vision. We typically recommend that patients wear protective eyewear during the day to aid in reducing light sensitivity and to avoid driving at night. 

Causes

Dry eye syndrome is caused by the inability to produce sufficient or quality tears for proper eye lubrication and health. However, there are a number of factors that can contribute to this condition, such as advanced age, certain prescription drugs, hormonal changes (pregnancy or menopause), and medical conditions, like diabetes or blepharitis. Environmental elements, such as smoke, wind, or dry climates, can contribute to dry eye syndrome as well. Not blinking for long periods at a time, like when looking at a computer screen or TV, can increase tear evaporation, too. 

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options available to help improve dry eye syndrome, including over-the-counter artificial tears, tear duct plugs, prescription eye drops, and amnion membrane therapy. The type of treatment selected will depend on the severity of your condition, personal preferences, and the recommendation of our board-certified ophthalmologists. With treatments, such as artificial tears or prescription drops, these are usually applied several times a day to help bring relief. However, if eye drops are not providing sufficient improvement, we may recommend tear duct plugs. These are tiny silicone devices that are inserted into the tear duct to help conserve tear production for optimal moisture. 

In severe cases, we may suggest amnion membrane therapy with the Eclipse allograft. This is a small piece of freeze-dried tissue that is extracted from the innermost layer of the placenta that is placed on the cornea to help aid in ocular surface reconstruction and healing. Once placed, the disc-like graft is smoothed to adhere to the natural contours of the eyeball and a specialized contact lens is placed over the eye. Patients will then be instructed to keep their eyes closed for 2 – 3 minutes and will be free to return to their daily activities once their treatment is complete. Aftercare instructions will be provided and a follow-up appointment is usually scheduled after several days.

Relieve Dry Eye

Our skilled ophthalmology team is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome and can help bring the relief you need so you can live vibrantly. Don't let dry eyes hinder your vision and ocular function any longer by scheduling an appointment with one of our caring professionals at Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX. We can provide the quality care you need and will walk you through all of your treatment options. 

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