Dry Eye Treatment
At present there is no cure for dry eye syndrome, but there are several different kinds of treatment to help relieve the symptoms. Although your dry eye might be ongoing, you may find that some days you do not have any symptoms at all.
There are many different treatments available and your specialist will also consider if your symptoms are triggered by:
- Your tears evaporating too quickly;
- That you do not produce enough tears; or
- Any other medical condition you currently have.
Once the diagnosis has been made and the cause identified you could use one of the following types of treatment.
Most mild to moderate sufferers of dry eye can be treated with simple eye drops. You can also purchase the drops over the counter from a chemist without a prescription. Learn more about Lubricant Treatment.
If you have had dry eye syndrome for a long time, inflammation is often a common symptom. If you suffer with inflammation in and around your eyes, your specialist can prescribe you with anti-inflammatory antibiotics. This can be in the form of eye drops or an ointment. However, these are only given in severe cases as some of the anti-inflammatory medications have a number of side effects. Learn more about Anti-Inflammatory Treatment.
MiBo Thermoflo is a therapeutic medical device which can provide you with a safe and effective alternative treatment for dry eyes. You can have the therapy at one of the following eye hospitals. Learn more about MiBo Thermoflo.
There are two types of surgery available, Punctal Occlusion and Salivary Gland Autotransplatation. Although surgery is usually only pursued when all other treatments have been tried. Learn more about Dry Eye Surgery.
Serum eye drops are only used in very rare and specific cases and only used when all other treatments have been tried. The drops are made by using specific parts of your blood or from a donor and diluted with saline. You can only get this treatment from the NHS Blood and Transplant Tissue Service once it has been agreed by an ophthalmologist and where funding has been granted.
Ongoing Dry Eye Management
There are many treatments to help relieve the symptoms of dry eye, which range from making simple changes in your home, to in-clinic procedures. However, no matter what your individual treatment plan entails, the most important thing to remember is to be consistent and follow instructions regularly.
Dry eye can be managed so that you can be symptom free for months, even years. You may no longer have symptoms, however you must still continue the treatment program prescribed by your eye care professional to keep dry eye at bay, as you may experience flare ups from time to time.