If you have any of these symptoms, you may have dry eyes:
TWO TYPES OF TEARS
Your eyes are lubricated by two different types of tears produced by the tear glands in
your upper and lower eyelids. Constant tears are continuously produced to lubricate
the eye at all times and contain natural antibiotics to fight infections. Reflex
tears are only produced in response to irritation, injury or emotion to help rinse the
surface of the eye. If the constant tears are inadequate, the eye becomes irritated.
Then the reflex tears take over which is why one can have watery, teary eyes as a
result of dry eyes.
A delicate balance is needed between constant and reflex tears, in addition to a satisfactory blink reflex, to help ensure that your eyes will be comfortable, well-lubricated and well-protected. If the tear drainage ducts are too large, the constant tear supply is drained away quickly especially if the tear supply is already reduced for various reasons.
FIVE COMMON CAUSES OF DRY EYE SYNDROME
LONG TERM SOLUTION
Through canalicular occlusion (the medical term that describes the closure of your tear drainage ducts), there is a simple non-surgical procedure to provide long-term relief of Dry Eye Syndrome and congestion of the nose, throat and sinuses which accompanies it.
More than half a million dry eye suffers have been successfully treated, through
canalicular occlusion, with Herrick Lacrimal Plus and other plugs.
Here's how they work:
Small, non-dissolvable plugs are inserted in the tear drainage ducts. By blocking the tear drains, more natural infection-fighting tears bathe and soothe the eye, which may eliminate the need for eye drops altogether. Lacrimal plugs can also reduce or eliminate the major cause of contact lens discomfort.
This type of plug is more easily removable because they seat at the duct opening:
Parasol® Plus Ophthalmics FCI
CAN CANALICULAR OCCLUSION HELP YOU?
The Lacrimal Efficiency Test can help Dr. Espinosa and his staff recommend canalicular occlusion with confidence. Small dissolvable plugs are inserted in the tear drainage ducts which dissolve within 4 to 7 days. If you experience symptomatic relief during this test period, we may determine that you can benefit from the long-term closure of your tear drainage ducts.
Many of our patients who have suffered for years from long-term Dry Eye Syndrome report tremendous relief with this procedure. Maybe it's the answer to some of your problems too!
ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION
There are now eye drops, Restasis™, that stimulate the production of our own natural tears. Many of our patients have found relief for dry eyes by using these special eye drops on a twice a day basis.
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