Dry Eye

Management of Dry Eye

Managing eye disease can be challenging, but DeNovo Eye in McKinney, TX, has experienced therapeutic optometrists offering many dry eye treatment options.

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Symptoms of Dry Eyes

The symptoms of dry eye range from mild to severe and may include the following:

  • Stinging or scratchy feeling
  • Stringy mucus 
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Feeling of something in your eye
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Difficulty with nighttime driving
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision

Whether the symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe, having a professional dry eye evaluation by our therapeutic optometrist as soon as possible is highly recommended. Our eye doctors will focus on finding the underlying cause of your dry eyes and offer custom therapies tailored to you.

Dry Eye Management and Treatment

Are you wondering how to treat dry eyes? Speak with one of our dedicated eye doctors to set up a consultation. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, in-office procedures to enhance natural oil and tear production (meibomian gland expressions), minor surgical procedures (punctal plugs), professional lid cleanings (BlephEx), biologic stem-cell derived eye drops, albumin or autologous serum drops, anti-inflammatory treatments, prescription medication, at-home devices, and nutraceuticals to name a few.

Below are some of the more commonly used treatments for dry eye disease.

Eye Drops, Ointments, and Creams

Depending on the severity of the disease, most patients who have dry eye syndrome are usually started on pharmaceutical strength preservative-free eye drop or gel. If nighttime therapy is needed, you may benefit from a thicker gel or ointment. Although over-the-counter therapies do not treat dry eye, they provide some relief and can be added to any other tailored dry eye regimen or treatment prescribed by our doctors.

Lifitegrast is a prescription eye drop approved by the FDA to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. This medication is specifically designed to target a source of inflammation that can cause dry eye disease. Most patients will see an improvement in their dry eye symptoms in as little as four to six weeks of use. Talk to our eye doctors if this simple treatment is right for you.

Cyclosporine eye drops reduce inflammation and increase tear production. These drops usually minimize dry eye symptoms in one to four months. Consistency in use brings the best results. This is a great option for those who suffer from auto-immune related dry eye disease.

Alternatively, our eye doctors may prescribe corticosteroid drops to be used along with other treatments to help control inflammation or flare-ups. This medication can help speed up the treatment and synergistically work to reduce symptoms.

Tear Duct Plugging – “Punctal Plugs”

Our eye doctors may recommend medications to stimulate tear production. If your dry eye syndrome continues, our eye doctors may recommend increasing the amount of tears that stay on the surface of your eye by using punctal plugs.

To do this, the doctor inserts a plug into the tear ducts. These plugs are made to last anywhere from one week to six months, depending on the material that is used. In most cases, the plug will dissolve and become absorbed into your system naturally without side effects. If the problem persists, our eye doctors can insert permanent silicone-based punctal plugs to help relieve dry eyes long-term. 

BlephEx – Eyelid Microexfoliation

If eyelid hygiene is an issue such as blepharitis, our eye doctors can suggest alternative treatment options to incorporate into your daily routine. Alternatively, BlephEx is a procedure used to remove debris, bacteria, allergens, dead skin cells, makeup, and oil from your eyelids. It involves exfoliating the eyelids to prevent debris from entering the eyes and worsening dry eye symptoms.

Make an Appointment for Dry Eye Relief in McKinney

Speak with our eye doctors regarding eyelid hygiene for pointers and tips to clean them. If you would like personalized dry eye management advice and care, contact DeNovo Eye for an appointment. We are happy to assist residents of McKinney, TX, with any necessary eye care.

Office Hours

Monday

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday

Appointment Only

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
Appointment Only 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday
Closed