Restore Your Comfort & Focus
Heavy, tired, scratchy eyes can make daily visual tasks challenging. You might struggle to perform at work or have difficulty focusing on the things you enjoy. Dry eye can impact your quality of life. Northwest Vision Source can help.
Understanding what’s causing your discomfort can make a significant difference in finding an effective treatment. That’s why we perform an in-depth assessment of your eye health and tear film to develop an individualized treatment plan. Visit us today so we can help restore your comfort.Request Appointment
What Is Dry Eye?
The eye’s surface is nourished, cleaned, and protected by a consistent layer of tears (the tear film). When the eye produces too few tears or is missing components, the tear film can lack the moisture needed to wet the eye or evaporate too quickly.
As a result, you may experience occasional or chronic symptoms (dry eye disease).
Dry Eye Causes & Symptoms
Dry eye is more common in older adults, as we produce fewer tears as we age. But many factors can contribute to dry eye at any age, including dry environments, medical conditions, or as a side effect of certain medications or eye surgery.
Common symptoms include:
- Burning or stinging
- Blurry vision
- Red or irritated eyes
- Scratchy or gritty eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Watery eyes
Customized Care for Dry Eye Relief
Dry eye can have many contributing factors—a combination that’s completely unique to you.
That’s why we individualize our treatment plans to your unique eye health, environment, and lifestyle.
There are several options that can significantly improve eye comfort and restore tear quality. From technology-based solutions to at-home relief, we tailor care to your needs.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a technology-based solution for managing a common cause of evaporative dry eye—meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). The meibomian glands produce the oily layer of the tear film, which helps tears last longer. When the glands are clogged, inflamed, or functioning poorly, tears evaporate too quickly, resulting in dry eye.
IPL therapy uses light to treat the glands, improving oil flow and restoring comfort. Learn more about IPL therapy.
A wide range of eye drop products are available for managing dry eye. Many over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops are appropriate for short-term use—but these can actually worsen symptoms if used long-term (mainly because of preservatives). We can work with you to find an eye drop or artificial tear solution that makes a meaningful difference in your life.
Whether we prescribe eye drops or recommend an OTC option, our team can follow up to see how your eye health is progressing.
Eye masks can help soothe symptoms, improve tear flow, and give your eyes a moment to rest. There are many types of eye masks for dry eye, but most help ease symptoms through gentle heat and moisture. The warmth can feel soothing and reduce inflammation, improving oil flow.
The oil (released from the meibomian glands in the eyelids) helps moisture last longer, resulting in improved tear quality to alleviate dryness.
Nutrition & Supplements
Just like your overall health, your eye health can benefit from balanced nutrition. While a range of foods and supplements support general eye health, there are specific nutrients recommended for managing dry eye. For example, studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) can lower the risk of dry eye and soothe inflammation contributing to symptoms.
We can discuss the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and supplements that may help alleviate your dry eye.
Individualized Care for Your Dry Eyes
Dry eye symptoms can be the center of attention in your daily life, but they don’t have to stay that way. At Northwest Vision Source, we evaluate your individual symptoms so we can address the root cause of your dry eye. Our team is dedicated to helping you regain comfort and clarity so you can focus on what matters most.
Don’t let dry eyes hold you back any longer. Contact our team today to get started with your personalized dry eye therapy.
Come Visit Us
Our building is in the Reserve Office Park, which is just north of the North May Avenue and 150th Street intersection. Look for the 153rd street sign and turn east into The Reserve Office Park or give our friendly staff a call.
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