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What is "Dry Eye?"

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Dry eye is a condition where the eyes have insufficient tears or poor quality tears. Without the natural lubrication and cleansing of tears, a sufferer may experience a feeling of grit or debris in the eyes, blurred vision and tired eyes. A person's eyes may appear reddened and inflamed. In extreme cases of the condition, chronic dry eye can result in increased eye infections and scarring of the cornea.

Dry Eye is Common

Up to 5% of Americans complain of some form of dry eye. Individuals who wear contact lenses or have undergone LASIK or other types of refractive surgery commonly complain of dry eye. The condition is more common in women and is more common and severe in older persons.

Causes of Dry Eye

Many diseases, disorders of the eye and side effects of medication can cause dry eye. Essentially, dry eye results under conditions in which too few tears are produced or evaporation of tears takes place too quickly. Quality tears are not simply salt water, but are made of three different substances -- mucin, water and oil -- designed to work together in proper proportions. The mucous layer lies just above the eye surface and helps the tear "water" spread evenly across the entire eye surface quickly and with each blink of the eyelid. The oil portion floats above the tear layer and not only helps lubricate blinking, but also actively slows down the rate of evaporation of tears from the eyes. Any interruption in these layers or their proportions can result in dry eye.

Treatment

Your eye care provider will discuss treatment options with you that depend upon how seriously the problem is affecting your life and if complications are likely to occur. Treatment may consist of adding tears with over-the-counter "tear drops," prescription medication to take by mouth that will increase your tear production and even introducing omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements into your diet. Sometimes, surgery can help. One type of surgery -- a temporary or a permanent form -- plugs up the tear ducts so that tears cannot drain back into the body.

Ask your doctor how you can best begin treating your dry eye condition.

. Our doctors are able to evaluate the cause for dry eye and offer specific treatments which may include lubricating eye drops, prescription medications such as Restasis, punctual plugs and lifestyle or nutritional modifications.

For more information on dry eye treatment with punctual plugs, please visit dryeye.org/dandt.htm

Introducing Dr. Lauren Soukup

 

Dr. Lauren Soukup

Dr. Lauren Soukup graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of St. Thomas. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. She received honors in her rotations that focused on ocular disease and primary care including: Boston Medical Center (MA), Wenzhou Medical University (China), VA Healthcare-Newington (CT) and Naval Health Clinic Hawaii-Pearl Harbor (HI).

Dr. Soukup has studied extensively on Age-Related Macular Degeneration working alongside some of the forerunner researchers on the topic at the University of Minnesota. She co-authored a published paper on the subject in the hopes to help further understanding of the mechanism of the disease and advance treatment options. She is also a strong advocate of access to medical eye care for underserved communities. She was given an award for her dedication and commitment to the Bostom community where she frequently organized visual screenings at local elementary schools, nursing homes and homeless shelters.

Dr. Soukup is board certified by the American Board of Optometry and is a member of both the MInnesota and Wisconsin Optometric Associations.

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Friday8am5pm
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We are close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and closed on Monday, Dec. 24.

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