Do you experience eye irritation, scratchiness, blurred vision, or eye fatigue? Have you noticed a burning sensation, tearing, or discomfort in windy or dry conditions? If so, you may have tried various eye drops, medications, or supplements to ease the symptoms of dry eye. Many treatments only mask the symptoms and do not offer much long term relief.
Dry eye is a progressive condition and should be closely monitored. There may be minimal symptoms in the early stages but, if left untreated, dry eye syndrome becomes harder to manage. An accurate diagnosis to determine the cause of your dry eye is essential to customize a targeted treatment plan.
The IU Dry Eye Clinic uses state-of-the-art technology and testing (Keratograph 5M, Lipiview II, TearLab osmolarity, amd InflammaDry) to diagnose your specific dry eye condition. The most common cause of dry eye is evaporative dry eye which results from insufficient oil on the surface of the eye. The blockage of the oil producing (meibomian) glands causes the tears to evaporate more quickly and can be treated with Lipiflow, MiBoFlo, and other instruments. Other treatments for various types of dry eye may include prescription eye drops (Restasis and Xiidra), medications, blocking the tear ducts (punctal plugs) to improve tear volume, and specialty contact lenses.
We are constantly developing and implementing new treatments based on our research. People who were previously diagnosed and treated unsuccessfully for dry eye now have more treatment options.