Dry Eye Syndrome: Play your Cards Right

DRY EYEDry eye syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. If you are one of them, you know the challenge of playing the cards you’re dealt. When dry eyes flare up, there are certain steps that must be followed to improve comfort. Getting the results you want means that you have played your cards right. Let’s look at how you can do that.

Card Number One: Attribution

The logical first step in addressing dry eye symptoms is to attribute them to some other condition. Your eyes are itchy, red, and watery because of your contact lenses. You feel a foreign body sensation because you aren’t blinking enough when you’re working at the computer. This kind of assumptions lead dry eye sufferers to ditch their contact lenses for a few days; it may even lead them to take a short break from technology. It may not, however, resolve the issue.

Card Number Two: Eye Drops

Eye drops can easily seem like the perfect solution to dry, itchy eyes. After all, the obvious issue at hand is a lack of lubrication! At first, dry eye sufferers tend to achieve their desired improvement and comfort when they use lubricating eye drops. In many situations, however, these people find that results last only a short time.

Card Number Three: Turning up the Heat

There is the valid reason to believe that warm compresses can improve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. In many cases, this approach does alleviate discomfort. Like eye drops, however, this is short-lived because the cause of dryness is not successfully corrected.

Throwing down the Ace

To win the game against dry eye syndrome, it is necessary to play the right card. This requires an accurate assessment of your opponent. In many cases, dry eye syndrome results from a blockage in the meibomian glands located in the eye. With that in mind, researchers have developed ways to unblock these glands and restore optimal tear production that contains adequate levels of both aqueous fluid and oil.

We are here to help you with your concerns related to vision and eye health with treatment designed around YOU. Give The Eye Associates Meridian office a call at 208-342-5151 to schedule your consultation. You can reach our Caldwell office at 208-459-0717.

Want to Learn More about LASIK Surgery?  

LASIK BoiseLASIK eye surgery is an extremely popular treatment used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. It essentially reshaped the surface of your eye and alters the way light rays come through your eye. LASIK is an effective way to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. If you’re wondering if LASIK surgery is right for you, take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about this procedure.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

To be eligible for LASIK surgery, you must be at least 18 years old with healthy eyes. It’s also important that you are not pregnant or nursing, and that you have had a stable eye prescription for at least a year. You are not a good candidate for LASIK if you have eye disease, eye viruses or irregular corneas.

How safe is LASIK surgery?

Complications from LASIK surgery are extremely rare. Side effects like temporary vision disturbances or dry eyes are fairly common but typically go away within a few weeks or months. Less than 1 percent of LASIK patients report complications that threaten their vision.

Is LASIK painful?

You will be given anesthetic drops to completely numb your eye before the procedure is done. It’s not uncommon to feel some mild pressure around the eye during treatment. After LASIK surgery is completed, you’ll receive a prescription for eye drops to help with any discomfort over the next few days.

How much downtime is required?

Patients recover from LASIK surgery fairly quickly, and most patients can see clearly within a couple of days following treatment. Your vision may also continue to improve over the following months.

Are results from LASIK surgery permanent?

Most LASIK surgery patients report the long-lasting improvement to their vision. But the lens of your eye is subject to change as you age, which means it’s possible to need reading or prescription eyeglasses as you get older.

Are you ready to improve your vision with LASIK eye surgery?

Contact our office or call 208.342.5151 in Meridian or 208.459.0717 in Caldwell to see if you’re a candidate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Protecting Your Eyes During the Springs Months

Protecting Your Eyes During the Springs MonthsSpring is upon us, which means it’s about time to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. But for some, spring also means the onset of allergies and other things that can bother your eyes. Here’s a list of common tips to care for your eyes in the springtime.

Wear the Right Eyewear
If you spend a lot of time around water, polarized lenses can help reduce the intense reflection of the sun against water, cars and even cement. Look for sunglasses that block at least 99% of the sun’s harmful rays. And remember: the sun can damage your eyes year-round if you’re not careful, not just when the temperatures get warmer.

Protect Your Eyes During Sports
Outdoor sports are a natural part of the warmer weather, the most common being baseball, tennis, golf, and soccer. And with outdoor sports comes the increased risk of an eye injury. If you play outdoor sports, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid an eye injury.

Pinpoint Allergies
If you have red, teary and itchy eyes, it could be because of spring eye allergies, but it’s also possible that it could be due to something more serious like an eye infection, inflammation or dry eye syndrome. Talk to your doctor to determine the cause of your irritated eyes.

Cover Up
For those lazy days at the beach or the pool, of if you’re in the sun for a long period, wear sunscreen and also a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.

Want to learn more about keeping your eyes safe and healthy during the springtime?
Contact our office or call 208.342.5151 in Meridian or 208.459.0717 in Caldwell. We look forward to hearing from you!