Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eyes are uncomfortable and can make it difficult to focus on anything besides the stinging, burning, or itching feeling they cause.
At Wicker Park Eye Center, we take a holistic approach to dry eye treatment and work to address the source of dryness to restore comfort.
Why should I see a professional for dry eyes?
Benefits of Professional Treatment
Once your treatment at our Chicago, IL, practice begins, you can enjoy long-lasting relief from dry eye syndrome. The proven procedures offered at our eye center can help patients find relief from the discomfort associated with dry eye. These undesirable symptoms include blurry vision, itchiness, redness, excess tearing, and a host of other eye-related problems.
Minimally Invasive Treatment Options
Many of our proven treatment options such as prescription eye drops, artificial tears, and warm compresses are comfortable and gentle. Our doctors will start with conservative, non-invasive treatment options when addressing your dry eye symptoms.
One of the most important benefits of undergoing professional treatment at our eye center is the preservation of your vision. Dry eye can lead to complications that can damage your eye and reduce your ability to focus with ease.
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Why Choose Us for Dry Eye Treatment?
At Wicker Park Eye Center, we take a holistic approach to dry eye. Instead of simply providing drops, we look for the underlying source of your issues and work to find a personalized solution.
We have a range of advanced diagnostic equipment, including the LipiView® Ocular Surface Interferometer and the TearLab™ Osmolarity System.
To find out which treatment is right for you, request a consultation online or call our Chicago, IL, office:
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Symptoms and Causes of Dry Eyes
The condition known as dry eye affects millions of Americans each year. It results when the eyes do not produce enough tears to stay adequately wet or the tears are poor quality (often caused by a problem with the glands that surround the eyes). Dry eye causes discomfort that can make daily tasks difficult. Focusing can become difficult as well.
For many patients, dry eye syndrome is a progressive disorder, meaning that it may not subside on its own or simply through the use of over-the-counter artificial tears or ointment. This is one reason why early diagnosis and treatment at our Chicago eye center is so critical. During your eye exam at our office, several symptoms may lead to a diagnosis of dry eye syndrome.
Take Our Dry Eye Evaluation
If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, you should see a qualified eye doctor who can diagnose the cause of your eye irritations. Dr. Daniel J. Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience and our other providers, Dr. Dustin Krassin and Dr. Parisha Shah, are fellowship-trained optometrists.
Before you meet with our team, we encourage you to take a dry eye self-evaluation.
Causes of Decreased Fluid Production
The fluid that covers the eyes is a mix of mucus, water, and fatty oils that play an important role in maintaining your ocular health. Tears keep the surface of your eyes lubricated so you can see clearly, and the liquid helps prevent infections.
There are many reasons why the production of fluids may become impeded. The medical term for this condition is keratoconjunctivitis sicca. The decreased production may be caused by:
- Certain medical conditions
- Certain medications
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Previous laser eye surgery that affects the eyelids or glands near the eye
- Tear gland damage
- Blocked tear ducts
- Meibomian gland dysfunction
Individuals who are over 50 are at an increased risk of developing dry eye. Fluid production near the eyes tends to lower with age, meaning individuals with advanced age are more likely to experience dry eye symptoms.
Women are more likely to report dry eye symptoms than men. This may be due to hormonal fluctuations that naturally occur at different life stages.
Diets that are low in certain vitamins and fatty acids can also impede tear production.
Individuals who wear contact lenses are also at risk of developing dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye is a serious condition that can lead to potentially dangerous side effects and complications. Untreated dry eye can raise your risk of eye infection. Tears play an important role in preventing the spread of dangerous forms of bacteria. Severe cases of dry eye can lead to eye inflammation (conjunctivitis) and damage to the surface of your cornea. This damage can include minor abrasions or scarring. Even if you do not suffer from complications, dry eye almost always negatively impacts a patient’s quality of life.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
The first step toward relief begins with a comprehensive eye exam at our Chicago eye clinic. Our office has a reputation for always respecting our patients’ schedules and their time. Your exam will include a conversation with one of our highly trained doctors who will listen carefully as you describe your symptoms, then recommend the best solution.
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Preparing for Your Appointment
Patients can help by coming prepared with important information, such as:
- A detailed list of symptoms and when are the most noticeable (when outdoors, during the winter, in the morning, etc.)
- A thorough list of all medications (over-the-counter and prescription), ointments, vitamins, and supplements that are regularly taken
- Notes about important life changes
- Artificial tears you have tried in the past
We welcome patients to come with a list of questions they may have. Our team believes in empowering our patients through education. Examples of common questions include:
- What are my treatment options?
- Will my symptoms get better or worse on their own?
- What steps can I take to manage my symptoms at home?
- What is likely causing my dry eye symptoms?
- Is past surgery contributing to my dry eye?
Your comprehensive eye exam will include an evaluation of your overall health and eyelids. Your doctor will be looking for certain risk factors that may be causing your eyes to feel dry. Our office offers multiple tests that can measure the volume and quality of your tears. Some patients may benefit from a test that uses a special dye to determine the quality and quantity of tears. Our office also has an advanced slit lamp that can identify potential eye problems. By the time your comprehensive exam is complete, we will ideally diagnose the underlying cause of your eye dryness and a personalized treatment plan will be recommended.
Can I really find relief?
Use a humidifier
Wear protective eyewear when outdoors
Take breaks to relax your eyes
Be mindful of how often you blink
Apply quality artificial teardrops
Quit smoking and avoiding smoky areas
Get adequate sleep at night
Schedule Your Dry Eye Treatment Today
Untreated dry eye can lead to serious complications, such as corneal scarring and conjunctivitis. If you regularly experience dry and itchy eyes, the doctors of Wicker Park Eye Center can provide a wide range of treatment options, from eye drops and punctal plugs to surgical treatments if necessary.
Our doctors are highly trained, and we welcome patients of all ages. Dry eye symptoms can be treated but only under the care and supervision of a qualified doctor. To schedule your appointment, contact our office online or call:
But can I afford treatment?
Treating Dry Eyes Is Typically Affordable and Often Covered by Insurance
The Severity of Your Symptoms
If you only have mild dryness, you may be able to treat your symptoms with eye drops or eyelid wipes, which will cost less than placing punctal plugs.
Your Insurance Coverage
Often, vision insurance will cover the costs of diagnosing and treating dry eyes. If you do not have insurance, your out-of-pocket expenses will likely be higher.
In some cases, we will need to perform additional tests to determine the root cause of your dry eye symptoms. These tests may add to your final bill.
Our team can give you a personalized cost estimate after performing a dry eye evaluation at our office.
If You Suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, You Are Not Alone
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