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Dry Eye is a term typically used to refer to an Ocular Surface Health issue.


Symptoms of Dry Eye can include the following:

  • Intermittent blurry vision
  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Scratchiness
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Excessive eye irritation from smoke or wind

These symptoms typically occur when your eye is unable to produce lubricating and protective tears properly. For more information, please watch the brief video.

Dry Eye FAQs

My eyes are always watery or tearing, how can I have “dry eye”?
Dry eye is a broad term used to describe a number of ocular surface issues. In many cases excessive tearing is simply your tear duct trying to compensate for other issues that you may be experiencing. The full extent of this can often be determined during an ocular health evaluation.
Are ocular surface health treatments covered by insurance?
The diagnosis and evaluation of ocular surface issues are typically covered by most insurance plans. Insurance coverage of ocular surface condition varies from treatment to treatment. You will meet with our ocular surface health coordinator prior to any treatment in order to be fully educated on your treatment options, as well as have any questions that you may have answered.
Can cosmetic products cause an ocular surface issue or dry eye?
Sometimes application of cosmetic products can block the glands in your eye that produce oils and tears that protect and lubricate your eye. This can often be treated in our clinic through one of our therapeutic procedures.
Can a LASIK procedure cause dry eye?
While tear production can be affected by a LASIK procedure, the irritating symptoms of dry eye are also often either masked by or attributed to contact lenses. When a patient has a LASIK procedure, they are then able to be aware of the symptoms of dry eye, and often perceive this as being caused by their vision correction procedure. When considering a vision correction procedure such as LASIK, it is important to also be evaluated for ocular surface health issues.

Learn about the treatment options for dry eye.

Some types of dry eye can be treated successfully through a regimen of prescribed and over the counter drops. Many cases of dry eye are situational and may be exacerbated through computer or screen usage.

In these cases a preservative-free artificial tear can provide temporary relief to patients experience mild dry or aggravated ocular surface issues. In some cases, the doctor may find a prescription drop helpful to reduce inflammation as well as provide relief for aggravating ocular surface conditions. These prescriptions may be used in conjunction with other treatments, as directed by your doctor.

In-Office Treatments

After diagnosing and evaluating your ocular surface health, your doctor may recommend an in-office treatment. These therapeutic treatments are typically designed to aid your eye in the natural lubrication and protection of the ocular surface. This is done by manually cleaning or expressing the clogged tear producing oil glands around your eyelids, helping to enable your eye to lubricate and protect itself.

Many patients who have moderate to severe dry eye or ocular surface issues have found these treatments to be very effective. By increasing their natural ocular surface health, many patients have felt an increase in gland health, an increase ocular comfort, and a reduction in dependence on drops or tears.

At-Home Treatments

Your eye doctor may also suggest at-home treatment therapies to provide relief from the symptoms of dry eye or other ocular surface issues. These treatments are designed to relieve discomfort by cleaning the tissue around the eyelid, as well as the eyelid itself. Your doctor may suggest a treatment or cleansing product that they think will work best for you.

Many patients have found relief from the symptoms of dry eye through therapeutic cleaning products or therapeutic ocular heat masks. These At-Home treatments are made available either in our clinic or by prescription.

Serum Tears

Many patients with chronic or more severe ocular surface issues find that Autologous Serum Eye Drops (ASESs) are an effective treatment. In this treatment, the patient has their blood drawn and spun through a centrifuge to separate the blood serum from the red blood cells. This serum is then processed to form a sterile, natural eye drop. A supply of ASEDs on ice are given to the patient for home use. Patients can have their blood drawn and ASEDs done all in one day at Restoration Eye Care. There is no need to visit another location for this treatment.

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