Colloquially know as Dry Eyes, Ocular Surface Disease is a chronic condition, but our optometrist can prescribe treatments to keep your eyes feeling healthy and comfortable to preserve your vision and prevent your eyes from being affected.
The primary aim in the management and treatment of OSD has been to include adding tears and using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions. These therapies although well intended do nothing to solve the problem. Increasing tear production while treating the inflammation is a sure way to improve the eye surface and better manage OSD.
- Adding drops. In mild cases of OSD we can managed signs and symptoms using over the counter or OTC artificial tears. These can be used often to supplement tears but are no substitute for normal tear production. People with OSD unresponsive to OTC drops will need to take additional steps to treat their dry eyes.
- Conserve tears. Retaining tears in the eye surface will reduce the signs and symptoms of OSD. This is done by blockage of the drainage tear ducts using tiny silicone or gel-like plugs. These can be removed, if needed but the goal is to keep the available tears in the eye longer to reduce problems related to OSD.
- Increasing tear production. Our optometrist can prescribe eye drops that stimulate tear production and recommend omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplement. Xiidra and Restasis are the most commonly prescribed medications.
- Treating any contributing eyelid inflammation. Our optometrist might recommend prescription eye drops, ointments, warm compresses, eye lid cleaners or lid massage to help remove and infection or inflammation around the surface of the eyes.
- Treating ocular surface inflammation. Our optometrist might recommend prescription anti inflammatory eye drops or ointments to help decrease inflammation on the surface of the eye. Lotemax is the most commonly prescribed medication.