Dry Eye

Dry eye is one of the most common conditions affecting the cornea, but does not require surgery. We offer a variety of dry eye treatment options. Click the button below to learn more about dry eye and how we treat it at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute.

Dry eye is a more common problem today than ever before. In fact, more than 100 million people worldwide suffer from painful and persistent dry eye symptoms.

But, why?

Most experts agree that near work – computers, smartphones, video games – is likely to blame for the increase in dry eye symptoms. Each of these activities interfere with quality and quantity of blinks. Not enough quality blinks mean not enough natural tears, which leads to dry eye symptoms.

How Will I Know If I Have Dry Eye?

Common symptoms of dry eye can include dryness, grittiness, irritation, soreness, burning and eye fatigue.

But since those same symptoms are also commonly associated with allergies and infections, it’s important to determine if what you’re experiencing is actually dry eye.

Chart showing healthy eye vs dry eye

To do that, a Swagel Wootton Eye Institute dry eye specialist will perform a series of diagnostic tests to evaluate the condition of your unique ocular surface. This will help determine the best plan specifically for you.

How is Dry Eye Treated?

If you show signs of dry eye, don’t worry. We can help. The following are potential options for treatment at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute:

Serum Tears

Serum tears are made from a small sample of your own blood in order to work with your unique biology. Clotting factors and red blood cells are removed, leaving behind blood serum. This is then diluted with a sterile, preservative-free solution to produce a tear substitute that is unique to you, and contains many important growth factors and nutrients normally found in healthy tears.

Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs keep your natural tears in your eyes longer by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain. The tear ducts can be blocked with tiny silicone or gel-like plugs that can easily be removed, if needed. The goal is to keep the available tears in the eye longer to reduce problems related to dry eyes.

Eyelid Expression

Eyelid expression is an in-office procedure that opens the glands and stimulates new tear production.

Prescription Eye Drops

While many over-the-counter artificial tears will help to temporarily lubricate and soothe dry eyes, they do not resolve the root cause of dry eye. Your Swagel Wootton Eye Institute doctor may prescribe an eyedrop that address the root cause and works to increase the production of and improve the quality of your tears.