Dry Eye Treatment

Even without knowing the term “dry eye” or “Dry Eye Syndrome“, if you suffer from it, then you are all too familiar with the soreness, discomfort, and even the constant misery that can come with dry eyes.

Fortunately, there is a Dry Eye professional seeking to bring relief and healing from Dry Eyes in its many forms to patients from the state of Missouri. With Dr. David Orson at the helm, Dry Eye Center at Eyecare Specialties specializes in treating the entire range of Dry Eye Syndrome, from mild to severe. Whether it’s an occasional irritant or a debilitating daily problem, we’re here to help.

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Advanced Diagnostic Equipment And Tools For Dry Eye

Dry Eye Center at Eyecare Specialties uses the most advanced diagnostic equipment and tools to quickly and accurately pinpoint the cause and type of dry eye problem you’re suffering from. We don’t just throw any old drops at you either.

We provide custom treatment plans designed to maximize the relief of your dry eye symptoms AND treat the underlying cause of your discomfort.

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What Is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome can range from a mild irritant to chronic problem. The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome may include:

  • Dry, irritated, or red eyes
  • Excessive tearing/watery eyes
  • Inflammation
  • Sore or sensitive eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • A gritty or pasty feeling in the eyelids
  • Crusty or gunky eyes
  • Blurriness
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What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eyes, or, Dry Eye Syndrome, is a complex condition that can have multiple causes but tends to share common symptoms. Dr. David Orson will use the latest technology to assess the cause of your dry eye symptoms, in order to provide the best possible care.

  • Poor Tear Quality
  • Meibomian Gland Disorder
  • Blepharitis
  • Poor Tear Volume
  • Age, Gender
  • Environmental Factors & Irritants
  • Contact Lenses
  • Medical Conditions
  • Lifestyle
  • Medications
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How Can I Improve My Lifestyle To Prevent And Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?

There are many ways to treat dry eye. The first recommendation is to prevent dry eye symptoms before they start and to address lifestyle factors that may be making it worse.

Blink a lot and drink a lot. Avoid eye irritants, use lubricating eye drops if you are taking medication that puts you at risk for dry eye. Over the counter eye drops for dry eye are widely available. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a focus on vitamins like Omega 3.

20/20/20 Rule

One of the most common treatments we recommend is simple. Just BLINK! Blink regularly. Good, hard, fully closed blinks help restore the tear film.

The 20-20-20 Rule! During prolonged computer or digital device use, take 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, to look at an object at a distance of at least 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a needed rest.

Keep Hydrated

Drink adequately. Women need at least 91 oz. of water a day. Men need even more. Poor intake of water directly contributes to a poor supply of tears, especially in hot and dry conditions.

Diet and Omega 3

A healthy diet is always essential for maintaining optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been conclusively shown to help maintain good vision and eye health, as well as decrease dry eyes symptoms.

Fish and flax are good natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, also available in tablet/supplement form. There are even formulations specific for dry eyes. These usually consist of Omega 3 with DHA from flaxseed oil and includes vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and a variety of other vitamins specifically geared toward patients with dry eyes. Our Dry Eye doctor can recommend one or more of these for your specific needs.

How Is Dry Eye Treated?

  • Custom Treatment
  • Artificial Tears
  • Punctal Plugs
  • Hot Compresses
  • Amniotic Membrane
  • Prescription Eye Drops
  • Restasis vs. Xiidra
  • Scleral Lenses
  • Systane Complete
  • Ocusoft Lid Scrub For Blepharitis
  • TearCare

If you’re seeking relief for your dry eyes, any of our Optometrists can help. Dry Eye Center at Eyecare Specialties services patients from Lee’s Summit, Clinton, Sedalia, Warrensburg, and throughout Missouri.

Serving Dry Eye Patients from:

Lee’s Summit | Clinton | Sedalia | Warrensburg | and throughout Missouri

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Finding Relief for Dry Eye

Evaporative dry eye and aqueous deficient dry eye both harm the quality and quantity of the tears our eyes rely on for hydration and comfort. The causes and symptoms of dry eye are wide-ranging, but solutions are at hand.

LipiFlow Treatment

LipiFlow is an effective doctor-led procedure for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a major cause of Dry Eye Syndrome. The device applies warmth and gentle pressure to the meibomian glands, liquefying the oil blockage.

SPEED™ Questionnaire

Take the Speed Questionnaire to assess the symptoms of your eyes that could be hindering the quality of your vision.

Are Your Contact Lenses Causing Dry Eye?

Contact lens wearers are at a higher risk of developing dry eye. Whether your contact lens is blocking oxygen from entering the eye, or the tear film breaks up, causing the contact lens to irritate the surface of the eye, you can get relief. Read on to learn more about contact lens-induced dry eye and to prevent and treat it.

Everything You Need to Know About Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Learn about all about Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: the causes, symptoms and treatment options.

Scleral Lenses for Dry Eye Syndrome

If you struggle with dry eye syndrome and have been looking for a more effective treatment method beyond eyedrops and artificial tears, try scleral lenses.

What Causes Dry Eye?

This article describes the most common factors that can contribute to dry eye syndromes, such as age, genetics, environment, lifestyle, medications, and the overall health of your eyes.

Waking Up With Dry Eyes

Are you waking up with dry, itchy, burning eyes? Many things can cause these sensations: certain medications, your eyelids not closing properly at night, or a thyroid disorder. Read on to learn why you’re waking up with dry eyes and how the condition can be treated.

Why Dry Eye Affects More Women Than Men

Evaporative dry eye and aqueous deficient dry eye both harm the quality and quantity of the tears our eyes rely on for hydration and comfort. The causes and symptoms of dry eye are wide-ranging, but solutions are at hand.

BlephEx for Blepharitis

BlephEx is a technological device that provides powerful and effective treatment for blepharitis Read on to learn how this treatment method can provide you with the relief you need.

Hot Compresses for Dry Eye

Hot compress eye masks provide relief to those suffering from dry eye disease and can also be used to treat blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction.

How To Use a Warm Compress Correctly For Dry Eye

Mild to moderate dry eye symptoms can be relieved at home with the use of warm eye compresses. They are easy to make and can also be purchased at drugstores.

Dry Eye Blog

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Gritty Eyes

Gritty eyes are characterized by an uncomfortable sensation of having sand in your eyes. They are typically caused by certain eye conditions, such as Dry Eye Syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, Blepharitis, and sunburned eyes.

Dry Eyes As We Age

Aging increases your chance of developing dry eye syndrome (DES), for several reasons. These include reduced tear production, certain medical conditions, and taking specific medications. Although DES is unpleasant and the symptoms may be irritating, this condition is treatable.

Dry Eye After LASIK

LASIK and other refractive surgeries can often lead to uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye syndrome — here’s why.