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Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye Disease
A quiet revolution is occurring
in the field of eye care, namely the
diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye
Disease (DED). Spurred by new
research, specific treatments and
changes in our patients’ lifestyles,
this once largely-ignored disorder is
of great interest to ophthalmologists
and patients alike.
DED is a very common condition
affecting millions of Americans.
Estimates vary widely but between
8-30% of adults are affected.
Symptoms include:

• stinging, burning and redness
• scratchy feeling as if there is
something in the eyes
• excessive tearing
• discomfort and pain
• difficulty reading or using an
electronic device for prolonged
periods
Recently recognized is the effect
of DED on reading and computer
work. Sometimes called ‘Computer
Vision Syndrome’, the lack of tears
and ‘good tears’ causes eyestrain and
loss of productivity.

Also, we are seeing more and more
individuals with long-standing vague
pain in and about the eyes. Patients
were frustrated going from doctor
to doctor looking for relief. Now we
recognize that many of these people
have previously undiagnosed DED.
The good news is that treatment
can be highly successful. The
mainstay of treatment is specific
medications in eye drop form,
includingRestasisandthenewcomer,
Xiidra. Also, of great interest is the
use of Omega-3 supplements. These
must be of a very specific type in the
re-esterified triglyceride form, NOT
available in drugstores. Artificial
tears are used for minor symptoms.
Ophthalmologists
recognize
that a variety of eyelid problems
often play a very important role in
DED. Treatment directed at these
problems, e.g. blepharitis and
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is
critical to the success of treatment.
The doctors at the Coastal Jersey
Eye Center highly recommend
visiting your eye care provider if
you’re experiencing these problems.

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 30 years
of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Coastal
Jersey Eye Center features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which
provides eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every style and budget. For
more information on eye exams or to schedule an appointment, please call
the Linwood office at 609.927.3373 or 609.465.7926 for the Cape May Court
House office. Visit online at www.CoastalJerseyEye.com.

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