What You Can Do About Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye is uncomfortable, often frustrating, and something many people wish they could cure at the snap of their fingers. The truth is, most people manage dry eye throughout their life, although a few long-term solutions may be helpful. 

Dr. Jacob West, and the rest of us at West Vision Care, his practice in Tyler, Texas, want to help you manage chronic dry eye both at home and with the treatment options available through our practice. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re looking for relief.

Chronic dry eye and what it means

If you have chronic dry eye syndrome, it means your body doesn’t produce the sufficient quantity or quality of tears needed to keep your eyes moist. Sometimes, dry eyes are a side effect of a long-term illness, such as diabetes, or it could develop as you age. 

It is, unfortunately, a common issue that affects more than 16 million people in the US, according to a study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

How I can manage dry eye at home

There are a number of ways you can manage chronic dry eye on your own. This can be especially helpful for those who don’t experience the problem as often, such as if you have allergies and only experience dry eyes as a result of an allergic reaction. Some options for home remedies include:

Try some of these options to help manage your condition yourself. If they aren’t working, however, you may need to try a more aggressive approach.

Treating your chronic dry eye

Dr. West is happy to offer a number of treatments that can make it much easier to deal with your chronic dry eye. For example, several types of artificial tears products are available by prescription, so if over-the-counter tears haven’t been working for you, try this option instead. 

Also, Dr. West might suggest steroid eyedrops, which can minimize inflammation as a cause of chronic dry eye. Still, some people require a long-term option that these types of treatments cannot provide. 

You might want to consider a corrective surgery that closes the tear ducts in your eyes with a device called a punctal plug. The plug keeps your tear ducts from draining moisture, which allows the tears to reach your eyes, keeping them at a consistently moist state at all times. 

After moistening your eyes, the tears naturally evaporate from the surface of the eyes, as they would normally do. 

Do you want help for your chronic dry eye?

You may be worried there’s nothing you can do to minimize the issue of chronic dry eye, but we assure you that you have many options, from mild to aggressive, to deal with this problem.

 If you would like to learn more, call 903-243-9978 to make an appointment with Dr. West. You can also send us a message here on our website, or you can book your appointment online

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