There are many causes of dry eye – and there are just as many ways to treat it. Working out the best approach for you requires diligent examination. This involves:
The therapy then offered is based on the causes of the dry eye and can range from “simple” tear replacements, approaches that treat eyelid inflammation, the implantation of punctal plugs, to suppression of the immune response in the eye with topical drugs. Every treatment plan is 100% tailored to your individual needs.
In most cases, the dry eye is a chronic change that often goes unnoticed for decades. At the point where most patients start to notice the first symptoms of dry eye, the disease has often been around for 15–20 years. Reversing those effects also takes time. Typically, such therapy lasts for several months, and it can take a few weeks before you start to notice the benefits. This is entirely normal.