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Dry Eye Basics

Do You Suffer From Dry Eyes?

If you use over the counter artificial tears regularly, you might have dry eyes. Dry Eye is a common ailment that affects over 4.5 million Americans. For a long time, there was no real treatment for dry eyes. Today there are a variety of treatments customizable to you. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please call us at 239.936.6216 to set up your Dry Eye Evaluation.


The most common symptoms are listed below, however, there could be different symptoms for each person. You may not experience these symptoms, but you still might have dry eyes.
  • Excess Watering/ Tearing
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Foreign Body Sensation
  • Discomfort in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurry Vision
  • Tiredness in your eyes
It might be surprising to see excess watering or tearing on the list. Most people think that excess watering is the opposite of dry eyes, however, this is usually your body overcompensating for eyes that are too dry.

Main Causes of Dry Eye

Dry eyes can be caused by a variety of underlying issues. Here we will review some of the most common causes we see at the Dry Eye Institute.

One cause of dry eyes is allergies. Allergies cause dry eyes by causing inflammation on the eyes which contributes to a buildup of bacteria and other debris on your eyes and eye lids. This problem will most likely resolve after the allergen has been removed.

Another big cause of dry eyes is meibomian gland dysfunction. This can be a serious problem leading to chronic dry eyes. The meibomian gland is an oil gland that secretes oil into your tears. This keeps your tears from evaporating, keeping your tear production at a healthy level. These glands are located on the edge of your eyelid and can become clogged very easily. When the gland becomes clogged, it no longer secretes the oil, allowing your tears to evaporate quickly. Once glands become blocked, they can deteriorate. When your glands are gone, there is no way to get these glands back and the issue has become permanent.

Age and Gender also contribute to dry eyes. Women are more likely to develop dry eyes than men. Years of using eye makeup causes glands to become blocked and creates dry eyes. Any one over the age of 65 is at a higher risk of developing dry eyes. The excess oils and other debris have built up, and cause irritation. However, dry eye can affect people at any age, even children.

However, these are not the only causes of Dry Eyes. Call the Dry Eye Institute if you think you might have dry eyes
What can you do?

The best way to prevent dry eyes is lid hygiene. The healthiness and cleanliness of your overall face contribute to the health of your eyelids. It is important to wash your face daily and remove excess debris and bacteria that can become lodged in your eyes and surrounding glands. Making sure to focus on your eyelids will also help to remove built up contaminates. Remove scurf and left-over makeup nightly to prevent them from blocking your glands and tear production. Proper Lid Hygiene can be customized to you at the Dry Eye Institute. There are many effective products. At the Dry Eye Institute, we can help find the best ones for you.

Another way to help prevent dry eyes is to make sure that you keep anything that goes near your eyes clean and clear of debris. Wash makeup applicators often to remove old makeup and debris. Any drops you may have at home should not be shared. Sharing eye drops can cause bacteria to spread. Remember to keep drops capped when you are not using them and never let the applicator touch your eye.


Options range from over the counter artificial tears to surgical procedures and everything in between. In-office therapies can be done to clean out the glands and help establish good flow again.

  • Lipiflow is a treatment that gently massages the eyelids to remove blockages from glands.
  • BlephEx is a procedure done in office that gently scrubs your eyelids clean and helps to prevent blockages from occurring.
  • I.P.L. Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment that decreases inflammation, which can damage the glands. New therapies are being released every day.
  • At home therapies can also help relieve your dry eyes. A custom regimen can be created for you at the Dry Eye Institute

All of these options and more are offered at the Dry Eye Institute. Dry eyes are a common issue and can be prevented and treated. Don't suffer in silence any longer. Call the Dry Eye Institute today and find out about your treatment options. 239.936.6216

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4225 Evans Avenue
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
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Naples, Florida 34109
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