Dry Eye Specialist

Cascade Vision Center

Optometry located in Renton, WA

If you have chronic dry eyes, you’re not alone as almost 5 million Americans ages 50 and older suffer from dry eyes. However, with high-quality treatment from the experts at Cascade Vision Center in Renton, Washington, relief is possible. The team uses natural remedies, prescription eye drops, cutting-edge technology, and more to treat even the most stubborn cases of dry eye. Call Cascade Vision Center or make an appointment online today to learn more.

Dry Eye Q & A

Cascade Vision Center

What is dry eye?

Dry eye disease is caused by a lack of adequate lubrication in your eye. Generally, people produce a normal amount of tears that lubricate their eye. However, people with dry eye syndrome may produce too little or too many tears, upsetting the natural balance of the eye. Dry eye also happens when natural oil glands in your eye are blocked.

Symptoms of dry eye can include:

  • Eye redness
  • Feeling of a foreign object in the eye
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Itchiness around the eye
  • Excess eye mucus


If your dry eye symptoms interfere with everyday activities, like wearing contact lenses or reading, it’s time to target the underlying causes of your dry eye.

What causes dry eye?

Anyone can get dry eye disease, especially during the winter when there is less moisture in the air. However, you’re more at risk if you:

  • Recently had an eye infection
  • Eat a diet low in vitamin A or omega-3 fatty acids
  • Are a smoker
  • Are older than 50


Dry eyes can sometimes be prevented by eating a healthy diet, reducing smoking, and taking nutritional supplements.

How is dry eye diagnosed?

The team at Cascade Vision Center uses modern technology to measure and diagnose dry eye. These tests detect elevated levels of inflammation, tear makeup, and the health of the oil glands in your eyelids. Cascade Vision Center offers the following tests:

  • InflammaDryⓇ
  • TearLabⓇ
  • Meibox meibographer infrared technology


Once you receive your diagnosis, there are many treatments for dry eyes to fit your individual needs.

How is dry eye treated?

The team at Cascade Vision Center offers dry eye care that includes information on lifestyle changes, natural supplements, medication, eye drops, or in-office treatments.  

Mild symptoms can be treated with nonprescription treatments. Additionally, these inexpensive treatments often require daily routines like taking a supplement or cleaning your eyelids with a special solution:

  • Nonpreserved artificial tears
  • Heated eye mask
  • OCuSOFTⓇ lid cleanser
  • Naturals Northwest Triglyceride fish oils
  • Avenova Spray Solution

 

If over-the-counter treatments aren’t working, prescription eye drops like RestasisⓇ and XiidraⓇ and medications like doxycycline monohydrates can help promote tear production.

For severe cases of dry eyes, in-office treatments can provide relief. Cascade Vision Center offers the following treatments by appointment:

  • TrueTearⓇ
  • LipiflowⓇ
  • ProkeraⓇ and ArilⓇ amniotic membrane tissue
  • WAVEⓇ scleral contact lens system


If you suffer from dry eyes, the experts at Cascade Vision Center can help. Call the office or make an appointment online today.