Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome represents a constantly increasing diagnosis in most eye care practices. Once considered a condition limited to the elderly, it is now understood to be a condition that may affect patients of any age. Symptoms such as tearing, burning and redness often indicate Dry Eye Syndrome. While many patients attempt to persevere with these symptoms, our doctors realize that this condition may lead to contact lens intolerance, decreased productivity at work and an overall decrease in quality of life.
Drs. Reto, Halscheid and Bakker specialize in the treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome. Because this condition often involves two separate areas of ocular disease, eyelid margin inflammation and insufficient tear production, a sequential treatment approach must be undertaken.
In our practice, special time is devoted to educating patients on their condition and the various options of treatment. Non-preserved artificial tears, prescription drops and even mild surgical procedures are commonly prescribed options. Additionally, patients are educated on the results of many recent studies; most of which prove the value of nutritional supplements in the treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome.
As with any disease, determining a cause is always an area of focus. For patients with Dry Eye Syndrome, symptoms may be brought about by factors ranging from the use of prescription medications to diet and lifestyle. Dry Eye Consultations with Drs. Reto, Halscheid or Bakker are designed to educate patients on their condition, and implement the most effective treatment options available. Because this condition is often chronic, a proper diagnosis and management approach is essential for long-tern maintenance.