Dry eye is a condition caused by insufficient or poor-quality tears, resulting in eyes that are not properly lubricated or nourished. After diagnosing patients with dry eye, Dr. Kenneth Miller can recommend a treatment plan based on the underlying cause of the condition. For many patients, simple solutions such as a humidifier or artificial tears can alleviate symptoms. Others may require more complex forms of dry eye treatment. During a consultation at our New Jersey office, Dr. Miller can assess your eyes and make an expert recommendation to provide you with the relief you deserve.
For many patients, something as simple as using a humidifier or artificial tears can alleviate symptoms.
Treating the Underlying Cause
In many cases, identifying the cause of your dry eyes can lead to successful treatment. For instance, if your dry eye is caused by a medication you take regularly, you can talk to your general practitioner about using a different medication that does not produce this side effect. Dr. Miller may recommend that patients with dry eye caused by rheumatoid arthritis try RESTASIS®, a prescription drop that treats both rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.
In some cases, prescription eye drops can relieve dry eye symptoms and directly address their underlying causes.
In some cases, inflammation along the eyelids may be contributing to blocked oil glands, resulting in dry eye syndrome. In this case, Dr. Miller may recommend taking antibiotics to reduce the inflammation and restore a proper balance of oil in your tears. Antibiotics can be taken in the form of pills, a topical ointment, or prescription eye drops.
Other Treatment Options
When treating the cause of your dry eye does not work, and medications fail to help, Dr. Miller may recommend alternatives:
- Punctal Plugs – Your tear ducts work by draining your tears away through small openings called punctae. If excessive tear drainage is contributing to your dry eyes, the doctor can partially or completely close these openings with the use of tiny silicone plugs. Called punctal plugs, these devices are placed in the punctae to reduce tear loss. The plugs can be removed at any time, and the doctor may start you with a temporary plug that dissolves over time so that you can try the treatment and decide if you wish to continue. Another option, called thermal cautery, uses heat to close the ducts, and is usually permanent.
- Unblocking the Oil Glands – Traditionally, if your dry eyes resulted from a blockage of the oil glands, you needed to apply warm compresses and thoroughly clean the eyelids for several days at home to unblock them. A new treatment called MiBo Thermoflow uses a small instrument to deliver a warm, gentle massage that can open clogged glands. The treatment takes only minutes.
Call Us for an Appointment
Our team is prepared to help you overcome dry eye. Contact Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller. Using advanced tools to examine your eyes, Dr. Miller can determine what is causing your symptoms, and recommend a treatment to help you achieve lasting relief.