A specialist of dry eye ophthalmology is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating dry eye syndrome, a condition characterized by inadequate tear production or poor tear quality. They help patients with symptoms such as dryness, irritation, redness, and blurred vision by conducting comprehensive evaluations, providing personalized treatment plans, and offering various procedures such as tear duct plugs insertion, meibomian gland expression, and prescribing lubricating eye drops or medications to alleviate dry eye symptoms and improve eye comfort. Their expertise focuses on managing dry eye to promote better tear production, relieve discomfort, and maintain optimal eye health.
Tear duct plugs insertion (Punctal occlusion)
Tear duct plugs insertion, or punctal occlusion, involves placing tiny plugs in the tear ducts to block the drainage of tears, helping to keep the eyes adequately lubricated and reducing dryness.
Meibomian gland expression
Meibomian gland expression is a procedure where gentle pressure is applied to the eyelids to express and clear the blocked or clogged meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of tears, improving tear quality and reducing dry eye symptoms.
Prescribing lubricating eye drops or medications
Lubricating eye drops or medications may be prescribed to help moisturize the eyes, increase tear production, or reduce inflammation, providing relief from dryness, irritation, and discomfort associated with dry eye syndrome.