Dry Eye Center of Southern NH
Finding relief for dry eyes with pain-free dry eye treatments!
Dry eyes can range from a mild annoyance to a significant daily interruption, affecting your comfort and inhibiting your ability to complete even the simplest daily tasks. At Spindel Eye Associates, our board-certified eye doctors have over 35 years of experience treating patients suffering from dry eyes. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to pinpoint the root cause of your eye problems and the latest, most effective treatment options to alleviate dry eye symptoms, so you can count on our dedicated team for fast, painless relief. Is it time to visit a dry eye doctor?
What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a very common, yet benign, condition that affects the tear film, a thin film of fluid that covers the exposed surface of the eye. Also known as dry eye disease, keratoconjucvtivitis sicca (KCS) or simply dry eye, this condition is more common in women than men, especially in women over 40 years of age.
Causes of dry eyes
Dry, itchy eyes can be a result of environmental conditions that dry out your tear film such as air conditioners, heaters, and fans, or a lack of balance in your tear-flow system. Other causes may include:
- Side effects from medications
- Eye problems that don’t allow your eyelids to close all the way
- Eye diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular disease.
- Irritation from contact lenses
- Staring at a computer screen or mobile phone for an extended period of time
Symptoms of dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Light sensitivity
- Gritty feeling
Dry Eye Treatments and Solutions
There are nearly 30 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. Spindel Eye Associates offers a wide variety of treatment options to help you find relief.
When your tear ducts do not produce enough tears, supplementing them with over-the-counter or prescriptions artificial tear solutions is a quick and easy solution.
Dry eyes may be the result of tears leaving the eyes too soon, so your dry eye doctor may recommend partially or completely closing your tear ducts. This may involve inserting a small, silicone plug into one of the tear drainage ducts or permanently closing the duct with a minor surgical procedure.
There are several prescription drugs that can help relieve symptoms of eye diseases, including:
- Cholinergics – increase tear production
- Antiboitocs – reduce eyelid inflammation
- Restasis – reduce cornea inflammation
LipiFlow is a pain-free procedure that uses a disposable eye piece to apply controlled heat to the inner eyelid and gentle, intermittent pressure the outer eyelid, massaging out blockages in the meibomian glands in your eyelids and restoring the naturally flowing oil that prevents tears from evaporating.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments
IPL uses bursts of light directed at the lower eyelids and upper cheek areas, which heats up the blocked eyelid glands. After the light treatment is performed, the doctor will express the meibomian glands to clear out any blockages, which will allow the oil to flow out naturally.