General Ophthalmology

Dry Eye

What is Dry Eye? Dry Eye Syndrome is a very common, often under-treated, and sometimes debilitating ocular disease. The eyes depend on tears for lubrication, nutrition, and maintaining a clear surface to look through. What causes Dry Eye? Dry eye is usually caused by either the eyes not making enough tears or tear production being of the wrong consistency of oil/water, causing premature evaporation off the surface of the eye. Certain medications can cause dry eyes. Post-menopausal women are also more prone to this condition. What is the Treatment for Dry Eye? Treatments include preserved (Oasis Multi-Dose and non-preserved (Oasis Preservative Free, Oasis Plus Preservative Free, or Retaine MGD) artificial tears as the primary treatment. Additional treatments include Omega 3 fatty acid supplements (Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Krill Oil), Punctal Plugs, Restasis, and Autologous Serum Tears. Oasis Tears, Retained products, and Omega-3 Supplements are available at Florida Eye Institute on-site or online at our E-store. Read more about dry eye from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at eyesmart.org. The videos below explain the benefits of Oasis artificial tears.

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