About Dry Eye Syndrome
All of us will deal with dry, itchy eyes sometime, but if these sensations last for more than a few days or occur frequently, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. This extremely common eye condition is due to either insufficient tears or poor-quality tears, which could be caused by medical conditions, some types of medications, or environmental factors. Human tears are fundamental to the overall health of the eyes. That's why if they malfunction, it can cause extreme discomfort of the eyes and even problems with vision. Dry eye syndrome is typically caused by an underlying illness, and as soon as this underlying illness is found and dealt with, the dry eye symptoms can be significantly reduced. Ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu provides effective solutions for men and women in Bloomington, MN dealing with dry eye syndrome. To learn more about treatments for dry eye syndrome, call Chu Vision Institute to arrange your eye exam.
Symptoms of dry eye
Patients who develop dry eye syndrome commonly have blurry vision and bloodshot, itchy, burning eyes. A lot of people feel a sensation of grittiness in their eyes or have serious discomfort when putting in contact lenses. A lot of individuals with dry eyes also notice that their eyes feel weak and achy. In some cases, they become sensitive to light and notice difficulty with night vision. In contrast to how its name sounds, dry eye can occasionally trigger an overproduction of tears to try to compensate for the condition. Dry eye syndrome is the long-term experience of several or all of these issues and generally leads to challenges in everyday tasks and recreation.
what causes dry eye syndrome?
The major causes of dry eye syndrome are a lack of tears or irregular tear makeup. The generation of human tears has three basic components, and there are particular types of dry eye syndrome, depending on which part is malfunctioning. The lacrimal glands generate the actual tears, the meibomian glands secrete the tears’ lubrication, and the goblet cells blend the two together. Dry eye syndrome will often occur if any one of these three aspects of tear generation goes awry. Numerous different things can influence each of these aspects, such as hormonal changes, computer use, underlying conditions like lupus, and certain prescription drugs.
"Bare with my lengthy review but if you’re like me, I wanted to know what others true thoughts were and I scoured as many reviews as possible to make sure I was making the best decision for me and my eyes. I am SO, SO thankful for Dr. Chu and Dr. Heckman’s expertise and honesty. I decided it was time to get Lasik and went in for my consultation. From check-in to my latest follow up, everyone at the Chu Vision Institute was friendly, warm, and helpful. Due to some past corneal scarring, Dr. Chu recommended that I get Lasik on one eye and PRK (ASA) on the other. I was extremely nervous about PRK because of the slightly longer recovery time and I really just wanted to wake up and have 20/20 vision like my friends who have had Lasik. The day of my procedure, they made sure I had all my questions and concerns answered before they let me in to have my surgery. That was extremely comforting to me and Dr. Heckman explained why PRK was recommended over Lasik. Simply put, I wouldn’t have had a good outcome if Dr. Chu had performed Lasik on both eyes. Both procedures went well and Dr. Chu confirmed his right decision during the procedure which took all of maybe 10 minutes for both eyes. As instructed, I went home and rested and could literally see 20/20 the next day with my Lasik eye. The PRK eye takes a little longer to heal but can already see better! (I was worried my blurry eye would affect my vision, but it did not). Recovery has been great and will continue to get better in the next few weeks. Now my husband wants to get his eyes done. Chu Vision Institute has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with my results!"- E.M. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"I had cataracts removed from both eyes. Dr. Chu and his staff were wonderful to work with. From the exam to the surgical procedure and recovery, everyone was very professional and pleasant . I had a perfect outcome and would highly recommend the Chu vision Clinic."- B.S. / Google / Oct 02, 2020
"I’ve been going to Chu vision for about three years now and and I’ve had excellent service each and every time. They follow me yearly for my dry eye condition. They are extremely thorough and take the time to answer all my questions. Highly recommend them."- C.S. / Google / Jul 31, 2020
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"I want to thank everyone at Chu Vision for the remarkable care we received recently. The clinic has an immaculate protocol to prevent Covid exposure for all of its patients. One might think that all the masks would prevent a warm, caring environment but not at Chu Vision! To a person, everyone was warm and welcoming. Dr. Chu was terrific and extremely thorough. The clinic was able to assess my husband’s acute vision change using a remarkable variety of tests and tools. What would have taken weeks at another clinic took only hours at Chu Vision. We won’t ever go anywhere else. Thank you so very much!"- K.D. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2020
how is it Diagnosed?
The most effective approach for finding out if you have chronic dry eye syndrome is a thorough eye exam. Along with your symptoms, Dr. Chu will review your medical history to search for any underlying reasons for your dry eyes. Your in-depth eye exam will probably include gauging the amount and makeup of your tears, as well as a routine examination of your corneas, eyelids, and eyes with a tiny light and mirrored lenses. If Dr. Chu does find that you have dry eye syndrome, he will design your unique treatment plan according to the details surrounding your case.
Treatment Options for dry eye syndrome
Your customized dry eye treatment will be based on the underlying problem behind your dry eyes. After an in-depth exam and consultation, Dr. Chu will be able to decide which treatment best suits your specific needs. A great number of individuals with minor cases of the condition can lessen their discomfort with prescription or drugstore eye drops. These solutions can augment your real tears. If your condition doesn't respond to eye drops, special plugs can be put in your tear ducts (known as punctal occlusion) to seal them off and hold the real tears in the eye.
Relieve Your Dry Eye Today
Dealing with dry eye syndrome is not only a serious annoyance, but it can also cause vision impairment if not treated properly. If you have been dealing with dry eye symptoms and trying to treat them with nonprescription solutions, schedule a dry eye exam at our Bloomington, MN office. Our highly trained group of ophthalmologists and optometrists at Chu Vision Institute frequently diagnose and manage the multiple versions of dry eye syndrome.
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