Dry Eye

How to Manage Dry Eye Syndrome

Any health issue that adversely affects the conditions of your eyes deserves your undivided attention. Even a seemingly minor condition like dry eye syndrome may need urgent care. At Eyes of NM Family Optometry, we offer effective treatment for dry eyes. Drop by our location in Albuquerque, NM, to secure the necessary treatment for that condition.

Dry Eye

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition characterized by sensations of eye discomfort and pain. The most common symptom of dry eye syndrome is eyes that feel scratchy or gritty. You may also experience burning sensations around your eyes that create considerable discomfort. The appearance of your eyes may also change, looking redder than normal. There may also be strings of mucus forming around your eyes. Note that dry eye syndrome may also affect the performance of your eyes. You may struggle to see clearly as long as your dry eyes persist.

People develop dry eyes due to issues with their tears. They are likely not producing enough tears, or the tears are evaporating too quickly. Those tear issues are more common in people with Meibomian gland dysfunction. Age and certain medical conditions also make people more susceptible to dry eyes. Blepharitis and diabetes are among the conditions associated with dry eye syndrome.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Dry Eye Syndrome?

A proper eye care strategy for managing dry eye syndrome should involve medication. Our optometrist near you may prescribe LipiFlow for your condition. LipiFlow is effective for treating dry eyes because it specifically addresses Meibomian gland dysfunction. You won’t find plenty of medications that focus on that condition, so look for eye doctors who can help provide LipiFlow.

Artificial tears can also work for dry eyes. Those artificial tears are especially helpful if you’re seeking immediate relief from the discomfort caused by dry eye syndrome. You can complement your dry eye medication with warm compresses. The heat and moisture provided by warm compresses can stimulate tear production in your eyes and alleviate your symptoms.

We can also provide low level laser therapy and red/blue masks to help alleviate your symptoms.LLLT uses specially designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils needed to keep eyes healthy, moisturized and comfortable.

Equinox Low Level Light Therapy is a powerful and unique treatment that is non-invasive, pain and stress-free Meibomian Gland & Dry Eye Treatment as well as treat styes and chalazion (cysts) of the eyelids.

According to Dr. Alan Schlussel and Dr. Hannah Canuto, patients with moderate to severe symptoms should undergo 2-3 Equinox LLLT treatments to ensure better, longer-lasting results.

It’s quick and painless! Simply lay back with the Equinox mask on and relax as the warm light clears your glands. LLLT may also help decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne and rosacea.

             Safe, non-invasive procedure

             15 minutes per session

             No recovery time needed

             No side effects or discomfort

             Safe for adults and children

Offering Expert Eye Care to Residents of Albuquerque, NM

Allow our team at Eyes of NM Family Optometry to treat your case of dry eyes. Give us a call or stop by our office in Albuquerque, NM, so we can provide appropriate treatment for your eye condition.

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