Dry Eye Therapy
Many people experience dryness of their eyes. Dry Eye can be short term lasting a few minutes and only under specific circumstances. Others experience a more chronic type that lasts most of the day and occurs each and every day.
Our eyes are the body’s only exposed mucous membrane and as such fall prey to many situations that cause ocular discomfort from dryness. In recent years, eye doctors have taken to calling this problem “Dry Eye Disease”, “Dry Eye Syndrome” and “Ocular Surface Disease”. These terms all mean the same thing: Dry Eye.
Dry Eye can be caused by:
- Tear Insufficiency (not enough tears being produced)
- Rapid Tear Evaporation (poor quality tears)
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (poorly producing or blocked lid glands)
- Blepharitis (eye lid inflammation)
- Contact Lens Wear
- Systemic Diseases (for example; Sjogren’s Syndrome, Acne Rosacea)
- Medications (birth control pills, antihistamines, acne medications, to name a few)
- Environment (such as dry air, fans, smoke, computer use)
- Previous Eye Surgeries (LASIK, RK, cataract)
- Poor Diet
- Poor Lid Closure (both during the day and while sleeping)
And, each of these problems can act in combination with one another which further complicates the disease.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Include:
- Eye Irritation
- Foreign Body Sensation
- Crusting of the lids or lashes
- Eyelids swollen or red along the lash margins
- Sandy/Gritty feeling
- Eye Pain
- Light Sensitivity/ Glare
- Dry Mouth
- Contact Lens Discomfort
- Difficulty with Night Driving
Since the causes of Dry Eye are multi-factorial, so is its treatment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Dry Eye! If there was, everyone would go out, buy an eye drop, and eye doctors would never hear of this problem from their patients. But, as most sufferers already know, eye drops alone rarely handle their symptoms completely.
Dr. Gerowitz’s Dry Eye Clinic
Treatment starts with a one page survey. This gives Dr. Rob a snapshot of each patient’s unique situation. From there, specific dry eye tests and observations are made to determine root causes for your problem. Lastly, a treatment plan is devised to begin fixing (not curing but handling) your particular Dry Eye Syndrome.
Follow up visits are planned initially for every six to eight weeks in the beginning of your care, this ensures we are getting your condition under control. As one is on the program longer, the return visits are less frequent but still occur to keep symptoms in check. Since Dry Eye is a medical condition, we bill each of these visits to your major medical health care plan.
Dry Eye is a serious condition. Left untreated, it not only affects one’s quality of life at home and on the job but can also cause long lasting damage to the eye’s exposed surfaces! Contact our office to fill out your Dry Eye survey and schedule a Dry Eye Workup.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of dry eye, contact our clinic in Palatine, IL. You may get in touch with us by calling (847) 705-7777 or by completing our form. We’ll be ready to assist you!