Chronic dry eye (CDE) is a common condition that can cause a constant stinging and burning sensation in the eyes. Drs. Gordon G. Wong and Wildon C. Wong offer chronic dry eye treatment at their office in Del Mar, CA, to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms. Almost all of our treatment options are conservative and non-invasive. In more severe cases, however, we can recommend surgery to help you manage the condition. To learn more about how we diagnose and treat CDE, please contact our office today.
Chronic dry eye often increases with age and is commonly seen in long-term contact lens wearers. Certain medical conditions, medications, and environmental factors can also put you at risk for developing CDE. The three main causes of CDE are decreased production of tears, increased evaporation of tears, and composition imbalance of the tears.
If you suffer from dry eyes, you are likely familiar with the uncomfortable symptoms, including:
Contact lenses may become uncomfortable to wear, and you may also find driving at night difficult.
To accurately diagnose CDE, Drs. Gordon Wong and Wildon Wong will perform a comprehensive eye exam. In addition to this exam, they will also perform a series of tests that will measure both the quantity and quality of your tears. Your doctor will also carefully review your medical history to see if you have a condition or are taking a medication that could contribute to these symptoms. Additionally, your doctor will ask you about your lifestyle, your home, and your work environment to monitor any possible causes.
At Wink Optometry & Eyewear, we utilize advanced technology. We use the best examination tools available, which allows for greater accuracy and comfort during eye exams.
If you are taking a medication that causes dry eye, your doctor can work with your prescribing physician to find an alternative that is free of these side effects. In the event that your CDE is the result of an environmental factor, your doctor can help you take steps to limit your exposure and improve your symptoms. When external factors are not the cause, eye drops and medications may be necessary. Your doctor can prescribe clinical-strength eye drops and artificial tears, or a topical ointment. He may also prescribe steroidal eye drops to reduce inflammation.
If these conservative treatments are ineffective, your doctor may recommend BlephExTM to unclog the oil glands in your eyelids. In some cases, he may recommend surgically placing microscopic plugs into the glands to prevent excess drainage.
The frustrating symptoms of dry eyes affect many patients everyday, but we can help you manage the symptoms. Drs. Gordon Wong and Wildon Wong can help you evaluate the potential causes of your dry eyes and help you take steps to mitigate the condition. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.