Dry Eye Treatment in Michigan

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Natural lubrication is important for healthy eyes, but many people will experience dry eye at some point in their lives. Dry eye becomes more frequent with age, and chronic dry eye is sometimes called dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that, in the United States, over 3 million women and almost 2 million men over the age of 50 are affected by dry eye syndrome1. The dry eye specialists at Fraser Eye are dedicated to helping patients in Detroit and throughout Michigan find solutions to relieve the discomfort of dry eyes.

What Is Dry Eye?

1 https://www.aao.org/newsroom/eye-health-statistics#_edn7

Dry Eye Symptoms

People do not always realize that they are experiencing dry eye because it can present with many different symptoms, including:
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  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Watery eyes (the body’s way of compensating for dryness)
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning sensation
  • Eye fatigue
  • A gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discomfort with contact lenses
  • Mucous or stringy discharge

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Dry eye occurs when the eye’s natural lubrication system malfunctions. If an insufficient amount of tears are produced or if the glands that produce lubricating oils are blocked, the the eyes will become dry. A number of factors can contribute to dry eye. Some common predispositions or causes of dry eye include:

  • Age Dry eye is common and can occur at any age, but is most prevalent in people over 50.
  • Lifestyle People who spend more than 2 hours per day looking at computers or digital devices are more likely to experience dry eye. Cigarette smokers also are prone to dry eye.
  • Environment An arid climate, higher altitude, or a more polluted urban environment can increase the chances dry eye symptoms.
  • Medications Certain medicines, including antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications and antidepressants, can contribute to dry eye symptoms.
  • Medical Conditions People with Sjogren’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Lupus and thyroid disorders are more likely to have symptoms of dry eyes. The condition that contributes most directly to dry eye is Meibomian gland dysfunction.

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

The Meibomian glands in the eyelids are an important part of the eye’s natural lubrication system. These glands produce the oils that keep the eye moist and healthy. When a person has Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, the glands are blocked, which causes dry eye symptoms that can be difficult to treat with standard treatment options such as over-the-counter eye drops. Studies show that approximately 86% of people who suffer from dry eye have MGD2. Patients with MGD may benefit from treatments offered by the eye doctors at Fraser Eye.

2 Lemp, M. A., Crews, L. A., Bron, A. J., et al. (2012). Distribution of Aqueous-Deficient and Evaporative Dry Eye in a Clinic-Based Patient Cohort. Cornea, 31(5), 472-478. doi:10.1097/ico.0b013e318225415a

Can I Prevent Dry Eyes?

There are a number of steps you can take to prevent dry eye or treat occasional dry eye symptoms at home.

  • Make Blinking Exercises a Part of Your Routine Try the 20-20-20 rule when performing computer work or reading: Every 20 minutes stop, look at something 20 feet away and blink for 20 seconds.
  • Limit Exposure to Moving Air Air movement, whether natural like a windy day or artificial like a fan, can dry the surface of the eyes. Avoid fans and wear protective glasses on windy days.
  • Use Warm Compresses A warm compress followed by gently washing the eyelids can refresh the eye’s natural lubrication process.
  • Outfit Your Home with a Humidifier and Air Filter Keeping air moist and free of pollution or allergens can significantly improve dry eye symptoms.
  • Supplements Dietary supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil pills, may prevent some dry eye symptoms. Talk with your doctor before taking new supplements.
  • Stay Hydrated Drinking plenty of water can help many bodily functions, including eye lubrication.
  • Over-the-counter Eye Drops Artificial tears can provide immediate relief from dry eye symptoms. There are many types available so you can find which one works best for you, and if you use them often consider preservative-free brands.

Dry Eye Treatment Options

If you suffer from frequent dry eye, and your symptoms are not alleviated by home remedies, the eye doctors at Fraser Eye may be able to help. We specialize in dry eye treatment options, including:

  • Prescription Eye Drops such as Restasis® and Xiidria®, can alleviate chronic dry eye symptoms and reduce inflammation.
  • Lipiflow® is an innovative non-surgical treatment that gently heats the eye area to dissolve blockages in the eyelid’s meibomian glands so that the eye’s natural lubrication process may function more efficiently.
  • Lacrisert is a prescription eye supplement that is placed under the eyelid to promote ocular lubrication.
  • Punctal Plugs also called lacrimal plugs or tear duct plugs, are small medical devices that an eye doctor can insert in the tear ducts to impede drainage and help eyes stay lubricated.

Contact Us For Dry Eye Treatment in Detroit and throughout Michigan

Frequent dry eye symptoms can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. If you suffer from chronic dry eye, we may be able to help you find relief. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

The Fraser Eye Care Center Doctors have either authored or reviewed and approved this content.


Eye Care Center of Port Huron
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Fraser Eye Care Center – Fraser
33080 Utica Road, Suite B
Fraser, MI 48026
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Fraser Eye Care Center – Warren
28001 Schoenherr Road, Suite 2
Warren, MI 48088
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Fraser Eye Care Center – Royal Oak
621 W. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, 48067
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Eye Care Center of Port Huron
1000 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060
810.982.3200
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Fraser Eye Care Center - Fraser
33080 Utica Road, Suite B
Fraser, MI 48026
586.296.7250
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Fraser Eye Care Center - Warren
28001 Schoenherr Road, Suite 2
Warren, MI 48088
586.756.5060
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Fraser Eye Care Center - Royal Oak
621 W. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, 48067
248.554.3620
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm