If you are suffering from dry, irritated, or itchy eyes, make an appointment with Dr. Nicole Legare today!
Over the Counter Treatments
Over-the-counter dry eye treatments include artificial tears, lubricating eye drops, and gels. These products help to moisturize and soothe the eyes, providing relief from dryness, irritation, and discomfort. Some also contain ingredients like electrolytes, lipids, or vitamins to help support the health of the tear film and the ocular surface.
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Drink More Water
Increasing water intake can help alleviate dry eyes by promoting hydration and lubrication. Adequate hydration improves tear production and quality, reducing eye dryness and irritation. Ensure a daily intake of at least eight glasses of water, avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, and consider using a humidifier for added moisture.
Punctal plugs are small devices that can be inserted into the tear ducts to help retain tears on the surface of the eye, providing relief from dry eye symptoms. They work by slowing down the drainage of tears, which can help to maintain a more consistent and comfortable level of moisture in the eyes.
Autologous Serum Eye Drops
Autologous serum eye drops are a type of eye drop that is made from a patient's own blood serum. They are often used as a treatment for severe cases of dry eye syndrome, as they contain a variety of natural growth factors, proteins, and anti-inflammatory molecules that can help to promote healing and reduce inflammation in the eyes.
Dr. Legare has partnered with the local Sweetgrass Pharmacy to bring dry eye relief to our community using custom autologous serum eye drops. Click here to learn more information.
Radiofrequency (RF) technology has emerged as a promising treatment for dry eye syndrome. RF energy is used to stimulate the Meibomian glands, which produce the oily layer of tears that prevents evaporation. By applying controlled heat to the eyelids, RF treatment helps to unclog blocked glands and improve tear film quality. The procedure is non-invasive, painless, and typically performed in-office. RF treatment for dry eye has shown promising results, with patients experiencing reduced symptoms such as eye redness, irritation, and discomfort.
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