There are many different treatment options for patients with dry eye; therefore, it is important to identify what type of dry eye you suffer from and what other contributing factors may be aggravating your tear production or quality of tears.
Treatment options consist of:
- Lid hygiene measures consisting of warm compresses and lid scrubs
- Moisture chamber goggles; goggles for C-pap users
- Artificial tears, gels or ointments
- Serum eye drops
- Prescription medications
- Punctal plugs
- LipiFlow® – targets affected glands with a directed energy, where it is needed most. Click here to learn more about the LipiFlow® treatment in Florida.
- ProKera – a new treatment for chronic Dry Eye that heals the surface of your eye (cornea) and returns your eye to a normal, healthy state. Click here to learn more about the ProKera Option.
- Scleral contact lenses – large diameter, rigid gas permeable lenses that can improve dryness and comfort for patients. Dr. Riordan specializes in fitting these type of contact lenses.
The key to treatment is breaking the cycle of irritation and inflammation by identifying the cause of the dry eye and then addressing the underlying problem. Your doctor will examine your eyes and assess your eyelid margins, your Meibomian glands, tear production and tear quality, and formulate a treatment plan that best suits your type of dry eye.