Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can drive patients and doctors crazy.  We all want the same thing--to see everything perfectly clearly 24/7 and to not be bothered by our eyes.  But when problems happen with our tears, then this perfectly balanced system causes all kinds of problems.  Even with problems of blurred vision 5% of the time, that would be enough to bother someone on a daily basis.

Our eyes need to be moist to be happy.  Just think of the last time your nose was stuffy and you slept with your mouth open.  My morning, the throat becomes raw and sore.  On top of that, the eyes have more nerves for pain reception and sensation than almost any other part of the body.  Tears are important because of their special properties.  They are made of water, mucus, and fats that in the right mixture, coat and protect and provide a brilliantly perfectly smooth surface that helps to bend light and start the magical process of sight.

As we get older, this system can start to break down and because it is so complex, there are a lot of ways to treat it.  Unfortunately for some, all of our current methods are not enough and for these unlucky people, they have to fight on a daily basis for comfort and vision.

We have been very happy with our initial results for the Intense Pulsed Light Treatment for dry eyes.  So far, our patients are more comfortable with better vision and using fewer drops.  I'm excited with what we can do!

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