What is dry eye?

To keep your eyes healthy, you need to have tears to provide moisture and lubrication. This is not only for your comfort, but it helps with your vision. Tears are secreted by glands around your eyes. Simply put, dry eyes occur when you do not produce enough tears (aqueous deficient dry eye disease) or the tears that you are producing are not of good quality (evaporative dry eye disease). Most patients have a combination of the two in varying degrees.

How can Ottewell Eye Care help?

Here at Ottewell Eye Care, we are proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. We have a dry eye clinic where our focus is on one thing only – how to help alleviate your dry eye symptoms. At Ottewell, you will notice that we take the extra time to listen to your story and experiences with your dry eyes. Our goal is to determine what type(s) of dry eye you have so that we can then tailor therapy specific to you.

What can we do for dry eye?

There is no cure for dry eye however we can work together so that clinical signs and most importantly your symptoms are improved. Our approach at Ottewell Eye Care is holistic and synergistic in that a combination of many types of treatment together can be the difference maker versus using therapy one by one.

There are numerous methods to treat your symptoms of dry eyes. These include topical artificial tears, topical prescription medication, lid hygiene exercises, punctal plugs, nutritional supplements, and oral medication to name a few.

Our understanding of dry eyes has come a long way and as you read, it is still changing. The treatment of dry eye is also very fluid in that the products we use and the length of time is subject to fine tweaks and adjustments based on the progress. On that note, we understand the complexity of each patient’s case; we strive for excellence and progression, not perfection.

If you have any question about dry eye or would like to be seen, please contact us today at (780) 758-0099.