Probably the most common problem seen in the ophthalmologist’s office is dry eyes. As we age, the protective tear film on the surface of the eye diminishes. This leaves the delicate tissues of the eye exposed to the drying effects of air, wind, dust and the sun. The eye can still make tears; in fact, many patients complain of wet eyes and tearing with this problem. This is because the dryness produces a reflex tearing (emergency tears) in an effort to keep the eye well lubricated.
In many people the dryness is worse in the afternoon and evenings. Since we blink less frequently when we read, reading can also aggravate the symptoms of dry eyes. Dry weather, either in hot or cold temperatures, robs the eye of needed lubricants. Cigarette smoke, fumes, dust and airborne particles are common irritants. In most patients, this condition is NOT associated with any systemic disease.
Symptoms include burning, stinging, or a gritty sensation which may come and go depending on many factors. Itching, tearing, and light sensitivity may bother other patients. Occasionally long strings of mucus can be stretched from a dry eye.
This condition cannot be cured, so treatment must be an ongoing project. Usually artificial tears, available over-the-counter, sooth the eyes and give temporary relief.
Unlike other lubricant eye drops which can evaporate quickly, Retaine® MGD™ provides long-lasting relief for moderate to severe dry eyes utilizing Novasorb®, a proprietary cationic oil emulsion technology (microemulsification) that effectively delivers ingredients through the electrostatic attraction between positively charged droplets and the negatively charged ocular surface.
Other theraputic modalities include plugging the tear ducts and prescribing a topical agent called Restasis. This medication is presently the only pharmacologically approved solution for stimulating tear production.
This product is available for purchase in our office. Call (717) 569-0600 for more information and pricing.