Monday, October 22, 2018

You DON'T Have to Suffer with Dry Eye

Many people needlessly suffer with dry eye, and think that it's "normal." Dry eye disease causes blurred vision, watering, redness, burning, itching, foreign-body-sensation, grittiness, irritation and so on. Dry eye is more common today than 10-20 years ago due to the increase in use of digital devices: cell phones, tablets and computers.

I recognized a need for an Dry Eye Center in Berks County, so that our office can adequately diagnose, manage and treat dry eye effectively! I'd like to introduce a new piece of equipment to the office called the Oculus Keratograph 5M. This instrument measures the curvature of the eye to help with complex contact lens fittings. BUT, it also contains advanced instrumentation and software to analyze the meibomian glands...the glands that produce normal tears. If your meibomian glands are clogged or not functioning properly, you're more likely to suffer from Dry Eye Disease.

Oculus Keratograph 5M

After determining that you have dry eye, I will get you on a treatment plan to alleviate your dry eye symptoms. It may be as simple as using artificial tear eye drops and hot compresses. Or we may have to add Restasis or Ziidra, two prescription medications that act on the anti-inflammatory pathways that typically cause dry eye. Using medicated eyelid wipes and high quality fish oil supplements with an appropriate amount of EPA and DHA will also assist in reducing those nagging dry eye symptoms.

So, if you've been suffering from dry eye long enough, and you're finally ready to do something about it, please contact our office to schedule an appointment for a dry eye evaluation.

Take care!
Dr. Weaver
Weaver Eye Care Associates
www.weavereyecare.com
610-488-5315

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