The Common And Popular Methods For Treating Dry Eye Syndrome

A variety of methods exists for treating dry eye syndrome, including over-the-counter eye drops, prescription medications and ocular surgery.

Treatments for Simple Dry Eyes
Symptoms of simple dry eyes (SDE) can be mild to moderate, and shouldn’t have a significant impact on your daily life. Even so, SDE can interfere with everyday activities like reading or working at a computer. If SDE is affecting your life, several types of treatment are available.

Try over-the-counter eye drops specifically for dry eyes, and ask your doctor for prescription-strength drops if weaker ones aren’t working.

If your eye drops aren’t working, prescription eye inserts may benefit you. These are clear, little granules inserted between the eyeball and the lower eyelid. They dissolve throughout the day and release a substance to lubricate the eyes.

Dry Eyes Treatments to Reduce Inflammation
Dry eyes are sometimes caused by inflammation of the eye or its surrounding areas. Your doctor might prescribe certain medications to reduce inflammation.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to reduce inflammation and can be purchased over-the-counter at your pharmacy. These include ibuprofen and naproxen. Stronger NSAIDs can be obtained by prescription.

If your eyelid is inflamed, your doctor may employ antibiotics to reduce swelling. These types of antibiotics can be taken orally, as eye drops or in ointment form. Reducing eyelid swelling may help disperse the eye’s natural oils while relieving dryness.

Inflammation of the cornea is one of the most common dry eye causes and can be corrected with prescription eye drops that contain cyclosporine (Restasis) or corticosteroids.

Surgery for Severe Cases
If your dry eyes are severe enough to cause you significant pain and hinder you in your everyday activities, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the problem.

Many people suffer from dry eyes because their eyelids do not close properly around the eye. An oculoplastic surgeon can correct the problem through a minor surgical procedure.

Others may require surgery to either close or widen their tear ducts. Wide open tear ducts have a tendency to allow tears to leave the eyes quickly, without reserving adequate moisture. A surgeon can plug up the tear ducts either partially or fully. If they’re too narrow, the right amount of tears may not be able to get through. Doctors can attempt to widen the ducts, or install prosthetic ones to fix the problem.

If you don’t relish the idea of prescription medications or surgery, you may be interested in alternative treatments for dry eyes.