There are plenty of things that can affect your eye health, and it definitely helps to know what some of those things may be. Many people attribute symptoms such as redness, irritation, and dryness with eye allergies and related conditions, but these symptoms may actually be the sign of chronic dry eye. Our optometrist in Seattle, Dr. Sheldon Cowen can examine your eyes and tell you whether you may need dry eye treatment, in which case Lipiflow may be right for you.
Dry eye syndrome is actually more troublesome and damaging than it may sound. Having chronic dry eye is not just a mere annoyance. This condition can actually cause your eyes harm, especially over time if this chronic disease is left untreated. If you have dry eyes, it does not necessarily mean that your eyes do not produce tears. What it really means is that your tear ducts are not producing adequate tears that are capable of keeping your eyes lubricated and hydrated. This aspect of your eyes and your overall eye health is not just a matter of comfort, however. Have you ever noticed that when you get something stuck in your eye, like a piece of dust or even an eyelash, that your eye begins to tear excessively as a response? Your eyes do this as a defense mechanism against things that can cause it harm, Airborn particles can damage your eyes and they can even cause infections so your eyes produce tears with which to flush these outside substances out. If your eyes are not able to do this, your eyes are at a great risk. With the help of our optometrist in Seattle, Dr. Sheldon Cowen, you can get the comprehensive treatment needed to diagnose this problem including Lipiflow.
Lipiflow can be used to help treat dry eyes by helping your eyes produce better quality tears that will lubricate and protect your eyes like they should. To learn more about this dry eye treatment or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheldon Cowen, call us here at the optical offices of our optometrist in Seattle today.
By Dr. Sheldon J. Cowen
September 23, 2015