The doctors at Wiles Eye Center are dedicated to providing dry eye treatment for various forms of Dry Eye Disease including evaporative dry eye, dry eye caused by ocular rosacea and eye allergies. Wiles Eye Center is also proud to be one of the few accredited dry eye centers in Kansas City and St. Joseph. Dry eye can be a complex disease, and our staff is dedicated to fully understanding your specific condition and providing a customized dry eye treatment plan to provide the relief you need.
What Is Dry Eye?
Healthy eyes are continuously covered by fluid called the tear film. A stable tear film allows your eyes to maintain clear, comfortable and stable vision. Decreased production of tears from the lacrimal gland or an imbalance of the three layers of the tear film can cause dry spots on the surface of your eye. Symptoms include burning, tearing and blurry vision. Dry eyes are common over 40 years of age and can be associated with conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Medications may also increase dry eyes such as antihistamines, diuretics, birth control pills, high blood pressure medications and antidepressants.
Dry eye disease is a chronic and progressive condition. Common symptoms include:
- an itchy sensation
- a stinging, burning sensation
- a gritty or sandy sensation
- sensitivity to light
- excessive tearing
- blurry vision or difficulty seeing at night
Dry Eye Treatment Options
Experiencing dry eye symptoms can be temporary for some people, while others find that recurring dry eye disease symptoms can limit their daily activities that involve: reading, driving at night, watching TV, working on the computer, and/or wearing contact lenses.
Surprisingly there are a large number of Americans who endure the discomfort and frustration of living with the symptoms of chronic dry eye. Approximately 5 million Americans experience symptoms of dry eye and many may not even know they have it.
It is important to know that dry eye disease is a chronic and progressive condition, without dry eye treatment the condition can continue, and you may experience more pronounced symptoms over time. The dry eye doctors at Wiles Eye Center are dedicated to providing top-quality, customized treatment solutions for our patients.
Who is Likely to Develop Dry Eye?
Elderly people frequently experience dryness of the eyes, but dry eye can occur at any age. Nearly 5 million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye. Of these, more than three million are women and more than one and a half million are men. Tens of millions more have less severe symptoms. Dry eye is more common after menopause. Women who experience menopause prematurely are more likely to have eye surface damage from dry eye.
How Do I Find Out if I Have Dry Eye Disease?
Only an eye doctor can determine if you have dry eye disease and help prescribe a dry eye treatment plan for you.
At Wiles Eye Center, an accredited dry eye center, your doctor will ask a series of questions to determine your risk level for dry eye disease. In order to definitively diagnose your disease, the doctor may perform a TearLab® Osmolarity Test.
Often, dry eye symptoms are not dry eye at all. The TearLab® Osmolarity Test will help the doctor determine if this is your problem or if there is something else going on.
The TearLab® Osmolarity Test takes a tiny tear sample from each eye and generates your osmolarity number in seconds. It’s quick and painless and gives your doctor a meaningful measure of the health and stability of your tear film.