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Dry Eye Care

Irritation, excessive tearing, and dry eyes are among the most common complaints heard by eye specialists. These symptoms, better known as “dry eye syndrome,” can be a constant source of discomfort and greatly impact your quality of life. Fortunately, the ophthalmologists and optometrists at St. Paul Eye Clinic can effectively diagnose and treat dry eyes.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Those affected by dry eye experience uncomfortable sensations. Symptoms include eyes that burn or feel gritty, itchy, or sticky. You might also experience blurred vision with prolonged reading or computer work.

Having dry eye also makes you more sensitive to environmental changes, such as wind, poor air quality, low humidity, and air conditioning. In addition, allergies and certain drugs like antihistamines and oral contraceptives contribute to dry eye.

Diagnosing and treating dry eye

St. Paul Eye Clinic can diagnose dry eye by measuring the quantity and quality of your tears. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to look for damaged cells and dry spots on the surface of your cornea.

We will also examine the position and function of your eyelids to make sure there are no problems with tear distribution. Many patients with dry eye can find welcome relief with artificial tears.

St. Paul Eye Clinic will prescribe tear substitutes based on your individual needs. We also offer Restasis®, which is a safe, effective, FDA-approved medication that can increase tear production in chronic dry eye patients. In many cases, patients who have been unable to respond to other treatments have finally found welcome relief with Restasis.

Punctal plugs

Punctal plugs, which can be temporary or permanent, are another treatment option for patients with dry eye. After a comprehensive eye exam, we will determine if you’re a candidate for them. Punctal plugs are very small – about the size of a sesame seed – and are non-surgically inserted in just seconds right in the office. Many patients report immediate relief from dry eye symptoms and can resume their normal activities.

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Say Goodbye to Dry Eye

If you want to overcome the frustration and discomfort of irritated, tearing, or dry eyes, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors, or request an appointment online at the St. Paul Eye Clinic nearest you in St. Paul, Minnesota or northwest Wisconsin.