Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye syndrome can lead to redness, itchiness, irritation, and soreness. This severely affects your well-being and vision quality.
Choate Eye Associates uses the latest tools and techniques to diagnose, treat, and manage severe cases of chronic dry eye.
Learn how board-certified doctor Walter Choate helps dry eye patients throughout Nashville, TN, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville...
The Basics of Dry Eye Syndrome
Poor Tear Composition
Tears are comprised of three main substances. There's saline that nourishes the surface of the eye, mucus that binds moisture to the surface of the eye, and oil from the meibomian glands that slows evaporation. If composition is off, dry eye can occur.
Reduced Tear Production
Your tear composition may be fine, but if you aren't producing enough of them, you're likely to suffer from dry eye disease. The lack of moisture varies from person to person. Some may lack sufficient moisture while others may not produce any tears at all.
Rapid Tear Evaporation
If the ratio of saline, oil, and/or mucus is off, it can make tears evaporate at a much faster rate than normal. Even with regular function from the lacrimal glands, evaporation will lead to frequent bouts of dry eye syndrome, especially in dry and windy environments.
Understanding Dry Eye and Why It Happens
Types of Dry Eye Effects on Tear Quality and Quantity
Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye
Tears must consist of the right balance of oil, water, and mucus. Dry eyes are sometimes the result of the lacrimal gland failing to produce enough water, which causes unstable tear film.
Evaporative Dry Eye
The meibomian glands produce oil that keeps tears from evaporating too quickly. Blockage of these glands accounts for about 86 percent of all dry eye cases.
Dry Eye Is More Common Than You Think
Given the prevalence of dry eye symptoms among Americans of all ages, it's a good idea to visit Dr. Choate for an exam. Using advanced technology, he can determine the cause or causes of your dry eye.
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Dr. Walter Choate is board-certified in the treatment and management of eye diseases such as dry eye. He has provided the communities of Nashville, TN, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville with compassionate eye care and vision enhancement since 1979. This dedication has made our practice one of the most trusted and respected centers in the state of Tennessee.
Dr. Choate's experience has led him to be an FDA investigator for the latest contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, and other ophthalmic equipment. His patients get access to these exciting new treatments before anyone else in the South.
If you live in the Nashville area and would like more information about treating dry eye and other eye conditions, contact Choate Eye Associates online. You can also call our team at:
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Dry Eye and Advanced Age
Advanced age is just one of many risk factors associated with dry eye syndrome. That's why it's important for older patients to undergo regular exams. Dr. Choate can identify signs of dry eye disease and other ocular conditions.
Are You at Risk for Dry Eye Syndrome?
Advanced AgeAs people grow older, changes in hormones and other wellness factors can lead to changes in tear composition, reduced tear production, and other issues that could make dry eye more likely.
Certain Medical ConditionsDry eye is linked to a number of health conditions, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and nutritional deficiencies.
Use of Certain MedicationsPeople who take certain medications run a higher risk of developing dry eye. These drugs include antihistamines, antidepressants, hormones, blood pressure medications, and birth control.
Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) can cause the build-up of debris in your tear film, preventing you from keeping your eyelids moist and causing dry eye symptoms.
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With more than four decades of experience, Dr. Choate is proud to provide some of the finest eye care and optometric services in the Nashville, TN, area. Quality care has remained his focus throughout his career. Dr. Choate is a proud member of numerous eye care organizations, including:
- American Academy of Optometry
- American Optometric Association
- National Board of Examiners in Optometry
For more information about the latest treatment options for dry eye in the Nashville area, contact Choate Eye Associates online. You can also schedule a consultation by phone at:
Common Treatment Options
There are many ways to treat dry eye syndrome and manage its symptoms. Dr. Choate and the team at our center serving Nashville and surrounding cities will determine the ideal treatment or combination of treatments to help you experience better vision and health. Some of our most common treatments include:
Artificial tears are a common way to manage dry eye syndrome. Patients use these lubricating eye drops to soothe dryness and irritation. In some cases, artificial tears combined with lifestyle modifications are sufficient to treat dry eye syndrome.
Eye drops such as RESTASIS®, Xiidra®, Lotemax, or doxycycline may be prescribed in order to treat dry eye syndrome. These medicated eye drops, which are different than over-the-counter artificial tears, provide lubrication and symptom relief.
Punctal plugs are small devices placed into the tear ducts. By blocking the ducts, moisture coating the surface of the eyes will not drain away. Punctal plugs effectively prevent dry eye by keeping existing moisture in place longer.
LipiFlow® is a nonsurgical dry eye treatment that treats meibomian gland blockages and dysfunction. The gentle combination of heat and pressure unblocks the glands in less than 15 minutes, reducing the severity of dry eye episodes.
ThermiEyes® is similar to LipiFlow in that it also treats meibomian gland dysfunction in about 15 minutes. ThermiEyes warms, soothes, and unblocks the meibomian glands by delivering safe radiofrequency energy along the eyelids.
Tailoring Dry Eye Treatment to the Patient
Choose a Dry Eye Center That Offers Comprehensive Treatments
Treating dry eye syndrome begins with determining the cause. Following your initial consultation, Dr. Choate will do a complete dry eye work-up to analyze tear quantity, tear quality, and gland function. This will enable him to determine the most effective course of treatment for your case. Our other treatments include:
- Hot compresses such as the BRUDER® Moist Heat Eye Compress
- Antibiotic eyelid scrubs such as OCuSOFT®
- Antioxidants and fish oil high in EPA/DHA/GLA and astaxanthin
- An anti-inflammatory diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins
- Multiple types of artificial tears and steroids including SYSTANE® ULTRA, SYSTANE BALANCE, SYSTANE Preservative-Free, SYSTANE Gel Drops, SYSTANE Nighttime Ointment, REFRESH® OPTIVE, REFRESH OPTIVE Advanced Preservative-Free, REFRESH Liquigel, and REFRESH Lacri-lube Ointment
- Blinking exercises
Through proper diagnosis and custom treatment plans, Dr. Choate has helped many patients achieve relief from their symptoms—for good.
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Whether he is treating dry eye or helping patients select the right glasses or contact lenses for their needs, Dr. Choate remains a leader in quality eye care for people in the Nashville, TN, area.
Dr. Choate and his dedicated staff are always thorough and warm, making everyone feel welcome and comfortable with each visit. We put you first and focus on your current vision needs as well as your lasting wellness.
For more information about lasting relief from dry eye syndrome, contact Choate Eye Associates online. You can also reach our practice by phone at:
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Dry Eye Treatment Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Greater ComfortProper treatment means you no longer have to deal with irritation, burning, or the feeling of something caught in your eyes. You can go about your day normally and comfortably.
Reduced RednessNow that your eyes are soothed and properly lubricated, they won't appear raw, bloodshot, or fatigued. This can work wonders for your appearance and overall self-image.
Better Vision QualityDry eye treatment prevents blurry vision and poor night vision. You'll see clearly again and can enjoy reading, hikes, and other physical activities without any hassles.
Restored Ability to Wear Contact LensesChronic dry eye keeps many people from wearing their contact lenses. After dry eye treatment, you can wear contact lenses normally without itchiness or excessive tearing.
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