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Dry Eye

Experiencing Dry, Irritated Eyes?

Discover Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment Options

Are your eyes often dry, red, or irritated? Do you feel like your eyes are too watery? These are some signs of an eye condition called dry eye syndrome. The expert eye doctors at Chicagoland Retina, Ltd. specialize in treating this and other eye conditions to ensure your eyes feel their best.

Understanding Dry Eye

Dry eye is a chronic eye condition that occurs when the eye cannot produce enough tears or when the tears produced cannot provide sufficient lubrication and moisture to the eye. Tears play a vital role in maintaining eye health by keeping the eyes moist.

A healthy tear film consists of three components: oil, water, and mucus. If any of these components is missing or imbalanced, it can affect the tears’ ability to keep the eye properly hydrated, leading to dry eye syndrome.

Recognizing Dry Eye Symptoms

You may have dry eyes if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Dryness
  • Blurry vision, especially after activities like using digital devices or reading for an extended period
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Redness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Eye strain
  • Eye fatigue
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Stringy mucus around your eyes

Dry eye symptoms can vary from person to person, and not everyone experiences all of these symptoms. If you notice changes in your vision or eye comfort, it’s essential to consult with your eye doctor.

Effective Dry Eye Treatments

At Chicagoland Retina, Ltd., we offer a range of treatments to alleviate dry eye symptoms and improve eye comfort:

Refresh Artificial Tears

These lubricating eye drops are available over the counter and can help combat dryness, irritation, and other discomfort caused by dry eyes.

Systane Artificial Tears

Another effective option for lubricating the eyes and providing relief from dry eye symptoms.

Prescription Eye Drops (e.g., Restasis)

For more severe dry eye symptoms, your eye doctor may prescribe prescription eye drops. Restasis is one such option that can reduce irritation and help stimulate tear production.

Punctal Plugs

Also known as lacrimal plugs, these tiny devices are inserted into the tear ducts to slow down tear drainage. This helps maintain moisture on the eye’s surface, reducing dryness.

Autologous/Serum Tears

Made from your blood serum, these eye drops are a natural and personalized treatment option for severe dry eye cases. They contain essential vitamins, growth factors, and proteins that nourish and protect the eye’s surface.

Our experienced eye doctors will work with you to determine the most suitable dry eye treatment based on your specific needs and the severity of your condition.

Don’t Suffer from Dry Eyes

If you’re experiencing dry eyes, schedule an appointment with Chicagoland Retina, Ltd. to find relief and improve your eye health.

Disclaimer: This webpage is intended for informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice. If you suspect you have dry eyes or are experiencing any eye-related symptoms, please consult with an eye care specialist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.

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