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Tears keep the eye moist, wash out dust and debris, and are essential to good eye health. Without this lubrication, the eyes become irritated and feel dry and scratchy. Dry eye, a chronic condition that tends to become worse over time, causes blurred and fluctuating vision. Untreated dry eye can make you less productive at work and interfere with your ability to take part in activities you enjoy.
Artificial tears and some prescription eye drops may give some relief from the irritation, but you should see an eye care professional who can diagnose the specific problem that is causing your symptoms. Your Mattax Neu Prater doctor will examine your eyes, review your eye health history, perform tests to determine the cause of your symptoms, and recommend appropriate treatments for your particular type of dry eye.
The doctors at Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center offer a wide range of treatments for all types of dry eye. These treatments include but are not limited to punctal (tear duct) plugs, Restasis®, and nutraceutical supplements.
The Meibomian glands, located in the eyelids, create the lipid (oil) layer of the tear film that coats the surface of the eye when you blink. This lipid prevents excessive evaporation of tears. Evaporative Dry Eye, caused by dysfunction of the Meibomian glands, is the most common form of dry eye.
Since Evaporative Dry Eye is so common, your evaluation may include sophisticated LipiView® diagnostic technology to evaluate Meibomian gland function before recommending the best treatment option for you.
Mattax Neu Prater has been designated a Center of Excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye.