Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease (DED) is incredibly common, affecting more than 20 million Americans. Symptoms include grittiness, burning, redness, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation, blurred vision, fatigue, and even watering. There are many causes of DED, such as autoimmune diseases, contact lens wearing, computer use or screen time, medications, hormonal changes, and environment. If not addressed, the inflammation of the eyes will continue to build, and symptoms will worsen.

Symptoms Include

  • Grittiness
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Foreign Body Sensation
  • Blurred Vision
  • Fatigue

There’s More to a Tear

The tears of our eyes are very complex. There are three layers that make up a tear. The mucin, or sticky layer, holds the tear against the surface of the eye. The aqueous, or watery layer, hydrates and nourishes the eye. And finally, the outer layer of the tears contains oils to prevent the tear from evaporating.

Every Tear is Different

At 5280 Vision Care, we have state-of-the-art technology that can help identify which tear layer is most deficient so that therapy may be customized to your needs. By tailoring a treatment plan for you, we can speed up the healing process and create more lasting results. Every dry eye patient’s puzzle looks a little different, and there are MANY treatments available!

Relief in Action

Once the underlying causes are identified, therapies are started, and most patients can feel significant improvements within two months. Treatments may include prescription drops, supplements derived from dry eye studies, autologous serum tears, in-office treatments including Lipiflow and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and scleral lenses.

Comfort in Your Surroundings

Yes, we live in a dry climate which doesn’t help us out, but please don’t think you have to put up with uncomfortable eyes and fluctuating vision. Let us help you get lasting relief from this chronic condition. Your eyes will feel better, look better, and give you better vision!