Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment

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Treatment for dry eye syndrome can include using artificial tears, prescription medications or punctal plugs. Find out how punctal plugs keep tears from draining as quickly out of the eyes with information from an ophthalmologist in this free video on eye care and vision problems.

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My name's Doctor Alan Watson. I'm an Ophthalmologist in St. Joseph, Missouri and we're here today to talk about eye problems. How to treat Dry Eye Syndrome. Replacement of the tear is the most cost effective way, and there's numerous artificial tears that are available over the counter at your local grocery store or drug store. Restasis is available by prescription, not only, there's also other ways to treat a dry eye. One way, if you're trying to put more water in the sink of your home and you've got your spicket turned all the way up, another way to get the sink to fill up is you stop up the drain. Similarly, with your eye, if you ever looked in the corner of your eye on the nasal side, you'd see a little pin hole in your eye lid and that's actually where the fluids of your tear layer drain into that Lacrimal system and end up in the base of your nose. And that's why if you ever go to a sad movie, you may have to blow your nose if you've been crying because a lot of your tears end up in the nasal pharynx of the back of your nose. So, that little drain hole can be stopped up with a little silicon recollegen plug so that the tears that are made on the eye will stay on the eye longer because they won't be able to go down the drain as readily. There's also a tear drain on the upper lid, and so some patients need all four of their punctum closed, which are the drain holes to allow the maximum amount of moisture to be retained well on the eye. This has been Doctor Alan Watson, Ophthalmologist of St. Joseph, Missouri discussing different eye problems and the treatment of different eye problems with you.

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