You have severe dry eye
Your eyes feel red, irritated and tired often. You may feel embarrassed as your eyes may water spontaneously and uncontrollably.
Your tear film is highly unstable. It has most likely been compromised by chronic blepharitis (lid inflammation), demodex or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), whether knowingly or unknowingly.
Your lids feel heavy or you wake up with crusty eyes. You are not happy with your vision as it fluctuates often, no matter what prescription you are given.
No matter what you do, wind, dust, and air conditioning vents bother you a lot.
As a contact lens wearer, you are at risk of becoming contact lens intolerant or you already can no longer wear them because they bother you so much. Oftentimes, you get the sensation that there’s something in your eye when there is not.
These are all signs of how much dry eye has affected the quality of your life.
Please schedule an appointment so we can treat you.
It is time for you to find REAL relief.
At this stage, it is unlikely that home remedies alone (like heated eye mask, tea tree oil lid cleanser… etc) will give you adequate relief. Eye drops and artificial tears that you have been using are not effective long-term treatment of dry eye. They offer temporary relief and act as a band-aid to your symptoms but do not address the root cause of dry eye.
You may require in-office treatment like TearCare® along with high-quality nutritional supplementation of Omega-3 and/or medication to get you lasting results.
If our eye doctor confirms that you have evaporative dry eye (EDE), TearCare® is considered the most effective first line of treatment. Home remedies would be suggested as follow-up maintenance treatments. Think of it like teeth cleaning. If you already have substantial plaque build-up, no matter how much teeth brushing you do, it doesn’t go away until you see your dentist for a deep clean.
Medication like Xiidra™, RESTATIS® or Cequa™ may be added and prescribed for persistent chronic dry eye inflammation.
Severe chronic dry eye is a progressive multifactorial medical condition that won’t get better on its own. If you are serious about regaining quality of life, it’s time for you to talk to our eye doctor.