Dry Eye Treatment Specialist

Dean Optical -  - Optometrist

Dean Optical

Optometrists located in Chicago, IL

Regardless of whether you’re happy or sad, your eyes should be full of tears. When your eyes don’t produce enough tears, you can experience dry eyes. Dr. Dennis DeLee, Dr. Michael A. Meifert, and Dr. Lance N. Olsen of Dean Optical in Chicago’s Financial District administer a series of tests to determine whether you suffer from dry eyes. Correcting this condition as quickly as possible can both increase your comfort and protect your eyes.

Dry Eye Treatment Q & A

What are Dry Eyes?

Tears are comprised of the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Mucus
  • Oils
  • Antibodies

Every time you blink, your tears protect the surface of your eyes by washing away microorganisms and dust particles, and each of these ingredients plays a role in the health of your eyes. For instance, the mucus in your tears allows them to spread evenly. Antibodies in your tears prevent the spread of infections. Dry eyes is a common issue occurring when you don’t produce the quantity or quality of tears needed to moisten, cleanse, and protect your eyes. This results in a significant problem.

What are the Risk Factors for Dry Eyes?

Because you tend to produce fewer tears as you get older, your risk of developing dry eyes increases. Dry eyes are extremely common in people past the age of 50. A lack of adequate tears is more prevalent in females.

This is especially the case when women experience hormonal changes resulting from:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Taking birth control pills, anti-depressants, allergy pills, and other medications

Consuming a diet high in vitamin A or omega-3 fatty acids helps prevent dry eyes. Vitamin A is prevalent in:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Liver

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in:

  • Walnuts
  • Vegetable oils
  • Fish

How are Dry Eyes Diagnosed?

During a comprehensive eye exam, the doctors at Dean Optical discuss both your overall health and your eye health. The Schirmer test and tear breakup time may be utilized to measure your tear production. Other tests might be performed to determine the quality of your tears.

How are Dry Eyes Treated?

If you only suffer from rare or minor, dry eye symptoms, over-the-counter eye drops, commonly referred to as artificial tears, might suffice. Other new and exciting prescription alternatives may be needed if you battle persistent or severe dry eye symptoms. Determining what causes your dry eyes is an important step to successful treatment. Some patients respond well to prescription medications. Others undergo heat therapy and eyelid massages. Wearing a special type of contact lens can protect the surface of your eyes and help them retain moisture. In extreme cases, undergoing a procedure to close your tear ducts can diminish tear loss.

To discover what treatment might best eliminate your dry eyes, schedule an appointment with our doctors at Dean Optical today.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Dean Optical works with many insurance carriers and payment plans.
To see if we work with your insurance carrier or vision care plan, please call our office for assistance. Our friendly and informed staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Cigna
Davis Vision
EyeMed
Humana Vision
Medicare
Spectera
Superior Vision
United Healthcare
VSP