Diagnosis and Treatment

Dry Eye

Diagnosis and Treatment

Dry Eye

Dry Eye Specialists in Denham Springs, LA

If you’re dealing with dry eye symptoms, then you know how uncomfortable this condition can be. The doctors at Louisiana Eye Care diagnose dry eye syndrome and offer dry eye treatment in Denham Springs, Louisiana customized to your unique needs.

What Is Dry Eye? 

Dry eye syndrome happens when your tears are insufficient to keep the surface of your eye lubricated properly. When your eyes do not produce enough tears or the right type of tears, dry eye occurs. Because dry eye is a common condition that shares symptoms with other issues like eye allergies, it is frequently underdiagnosed.  

Tears are necessary for maintaining optimal eye health and vision. They help you see clearly, lubricate your eyes, protect against infection, and promote healing. That’s why it’s important to seek professional treatment if your dry eye symptoms persist or appear to be getting worse.

What Causes Dry Eye?  

Many factors can cause dry eye, including diet, medication use, hormonal changes, age, and environmental triggers. One of the most common causes of dry eye disease is meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD.   

The meibomian glands are small oil glands in your upper and lower eyelids that secrete oil which coats the surface of the eyes and prevents moisture from evaporating. Water, oil, and mucin layers make up the tear film, and this tear film is what keeps the surface of your eye healthy.   

MGD occurs when the oil-producing meibomian glands are clogged and unable to create a healthy tear film to keep the eyes properly lubricated. In the early stages of MGD, there may not be many symptoms. However, if the glands remain clogged, they are unable to secrete oil which can result in permanent changes to the tear film and dry eye syndrome.   

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Dry Eye Syndrome Survey

Take our survey to find out if you have dry eye and contact us today to learn how you can manage your symptoms and improve your eye health.

Do You Need Dry Eye Treatment? 

Due to a lack of awareness about dry eye syndrome and available treatments, many people who struggle with dry eye do not realize they have a problem. You may need dry eye treatment if you are experiencing the following symptoms: 

  • Blurry vision  
  • Burning eyes 
  • Red or bloodshot eyes 
  • Feeling like something scratchy is stuck in your eye   
  • Experiencing discomfort when wearing contact lenses   
  • Recurring irritation that causes teary or watery eyes 
  • Stringy mucus surrounding your eyes 

If you think you have dry eye, our dry eye specialists in Denham Springs can diagnose your symptoms and provide personalized treatment recommendations. 

How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed? 

The first step to diagnosing dry eye is to get a comprehensive eye exam, which allows our eye doctor to gain a complete understanding of your eye health. If we suspect dry eye is causing your symptoms, we will perform other tests to rule out other possible causes.  

Dry Eye Treatment in Denham Springs

Depending on your needs, treatment can range from ongoing to infrequent. If there is serious damage to the surface of your eye, that may require more specific attention. Everyone’s experience with dry eye is different due to these variables. At Louisiana Eye Care, we will help you find the best path forward. 

OptiLight by Lumenis

IPL Treatment for Dry Eye

We now offer in-office dry eye treatment in Denham Springs for people with dry eye disease. OptiLight by Lumenis is the first and only IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy FDA-approved for managing dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction.