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July 2022 ~ Dry Eye Awareness Month

July 2022

Dry Eye Awareness Month

More than 16 million Americans suffer from dry eye syndrome (DES) with the majority of these individuals being women. This ocular surface disease has gotten lots of attention recently and treatment options are available for the underlying causes of DES. Nostalgic Eye Care has adopted state of the art technology and equipment to treat dry eye in our community through the Nostalgic Dry Eye Spa.


Nostalgic Eye Care is here to educate our community and make sure that we have the correct knowledge to protect and preserve our most important sense and gift of sight.




What is dry eye syndrome (DES)?


Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which an individual does not have enough quality tears to provide nourishment and lubrication to the eye.




DES can be the cause of many different things including but not limited to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) where the glands in the eyes do not release the oils found in tears, decreased tear production which occurs with aging, pregnancy and certain medications and increased tear evaporation with allergies, dry air settings and blinking less than normal.


What are symptoms of DES?

  • Itchy or stinging eyes

  • Red eyes

  • Excessive tearing/watery eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Blurry vision/fluctuations in vision

  • Contact lens discomfort

  • Foreign body sensation in the eye

  • Feeling like there is sand in the eye




Who is at risk for DES?

  • Middle aged adults & elderly

  • People who spend a lot of time on the computer staring at screens

  • Those who complete a lot of near work

  • Pregnant women & women experiencing menopause

  • Contact lens wearers

  • Patients with blepharitis


What are the available treatment options for DES?

*ALL TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NOSTALGIC DRY EYE SPA*

  • LidPro

  • Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

  • Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)

  • Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Eyelid Cleanser

  • Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress



References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863


https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-eye/chronic-dry-eyes-statistics-facts-and-you#What-are-chronic-dry-eyes?


https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/eye-and-vision-conditions/computer-vision-syndrome?sso=y


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