What are the Latest Treatment Options for Dry Eyes?

middle aged man using eye drops as treatment options for dry eyes

Dry eye is a prevalent condition that affects 16,000,000 Americans of all ages.

Understanding Dry Eyes

Dry eyes occur when eyes can’t produce enough tears.

Dry eye causes:

  • weather
  • pollution
  • dust
  • aging
  • contact lenses
  • diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Dry eye symptoms:

  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Grittiness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning
  • Itchiness

Traditional Treatment Options for Dry Eyes

  • Artificial tears
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Ointments

In 2023, an FDA recall of some over-the-counter eye drops highlighted the importance of seeking professional help from an eye doctor.

Latest Medications for Treating Dry Eyes

The American Academy of Ophthalmology lists Tyrvaya (eye drops) and AZR-MD-001 (ointment) as the most recently approved options by the FDA.

Advanced Clinical Procedures and Surgeries

Innovative clinical procedures to treat dry eyes include:

  • Intense pulsed light therapy
  • Tear ducts plug surgery

Lifestyle Changes and Home Remedies for Treatment Include:

  • Using a humidifier
  • Staying hydrated
  • Keeping eyes clean
  • Using warm compresses
  • Quitting smoking
  • Taking Omega-3 fatty acids
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Cutting-Edge Research and Future Treatments

The National Eye Institute lists research and treatment options available that may successfully treat dry eyes like advanced imaging, gene study, and computers that map corneal nerves.

When to Consult a Healthcare Professional

Changes in vision, burning, and itching may indicate you need to see an eye care professional.

Likewise, if you are experiencing symptoms, consult The Eye Center at (256) 705-3937. We have locations in Huntsville and Madison and would love to see you.