Dry eye disease results in an estimated 25 percent of visits to eye care practitioners. If you have dry eye, your symptoms may include irritation, scratchy, dry or uncomfortable red eyes, a burning sensation, excessive tearing, blurred vision, fluctuating vision, or a feeling of something in your eyes. The tears your eyes produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye means that your eyes do not produce enough tears or that you produce tears that do not have the proper chemical composition. Dry eye is more common as we age and is progressive. It is much more frequent in women. It is also more pronounced during reading activities or when working on a computer. Air movement increases evaporation and easily stresses dry eyes, making symptoms worse.
The evaluation of dry eyes has changed dramatically since 2017. Ocular inflammation is the catalyst for about half of dry eye disease cases. Fortunately, we now have an inexpensive in-office test for ocular inflammation called InflammaDry®. We can now know if treatments with expensive eye medications like Restasis or Xiidra are needed and if they are successfully controlling the inflammation. Inflammatory dry eye continues to cause progressive destruction of the tear producing cells and will eventually lead to enough discomfort that simple reading becomes impossible. Successful therapy is more likely the earlier treatment begins. Artificial tears are poor options to control dry eyes as the effect is so temporary as to make their use nearly pointless.
At Graf Medical Eye Care, we are able to diagnose quickly the specific causes of each person’s dry eyes and then begin actively repairing the damage. This improves comfort and aids clarity of vision.
Our optometric physician can perform specific tests to assist in differentiating the various forms of tear film abnormalities and identifying potential treatment strategies. Careful clinical observation, accurate diagnosis and appropriate intervention can eliminate or minimize the deleterious effects of ocular surface disorders on your quality of life and vision. Help is available.
People often suffer needlessly as treatment options have improved and new advancements are allowing more targeted treatments. We are having great success helping our patients achieve greater comfort and more consistently clear vision. Let us help you.
Call us today at 435-634-0420 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffery Graf OD FAAO and learn more about dry eye treatment in St. George, Utah.