Are your eyes tired? Does working on the computer make you tired? Are eye drops not helping?
Dry eyes is the one of the most common vision problems in the world, yet it is often misdiagnosed or missed completely. Often doctors simply tell their patients to use eye drops, but eye drops don’t work if your tear making glands are clogged or inflamed. You will still not be able to make and secrete healthy tears until you treat the root of the problem.
There are multiple reasons for dry eyes: medication, stress, allergies age, inflammation, heavy computer use, clogged tear making glands, insufficient tear production, demodex (lid mites) and health problems (such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogrens). I am going to cover the most prevalent reason for dry, tired, red or scratchy eyes: meibomian gland dysfunction. This is when the glands in your eyelids, that make the important oily layer of tears, are clogged or inflamed.
The first thing we do is evaluate the lids both outside and inside. To look inside the tear glands, I use a meibographer which is an infrared imaging system. Once I have seen the condition of the inside of your tear making glands, I can recommend the best treatment for you.
The first round of treatment is to usually open the plugged oily tear glands by using a heated massage. This allows what’s inside to come out. It takes several treatments if you’ve had dry eyes for awhile to move out all the layers of oil and bacteria.