Dry Eye Treatment from Your Somerset Optometrist
Common dry eye causes include aging, taking medications that dry out moist tissues (antihistamines, antihypertensives and antidepressants) and chemical imbalances in tears that make them evaporate too rapidly. Other, less common reasons involve tear gland dysfunction that reduces the amount of tears produced by glands. Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjögren's syndrome and other autoimmune diseases may decrease eye fluids. Sometimes, your optometrist in Somerset NJ may attribute dry eyes to bulging or drooping eyelids interfering with the ability to spread tears over the eyes. Minor surgery called blepharoplasty usually eliminates dry eyes due to eyelid abnormalities.
Cutting-Edge Optos Retinal Imaging for Dry Eye Treatment
To determine the exact cause of dry eyes, your Somerset NJ eye doctor uses Optos retinal imaging, an advanced technology capturing over 80 percent of the retina in a single panoramic picture. Conventional retinal imaging captures only 10 to 15 percent of the retina, which increases the risk of missing problematic areas. Painless, comfortable and fast, Optos retinal imaging dilation of pupils with eye drops and looking at the device until a flash of light indicates the image has been captured.
Benefits of Optos retinal imaging include:
- Can detect evidence of chronic systemic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes by presenting detailed images of retinal blood vessels. Many diseases contribute to dry eyes
- Provides exceptional preventative care to protect you from suffering vision impairment due to progressive ocular diseases
- Significantly improves the ability of your Somerset NJ optometrist to prescribe the most effective dry eye treatment for your dry eyes
Nutraceuticals Available at Our Dry Eye Center in Somerset NJ
Nutraceuticals for eye health and dry eyes are supplements containing natural ingredients like omega-3 essential fatty acids to support eye hydration and vision. Many nutrients in PRN’s Dry Eye Omega Benefits® supplements cannot be produced by your body and are only obtainable through food or nutraceutical liquids or soft gels.
What is PROKERA®?
Made with amniotic membrane tissue offering healing and protective properties, Prokera is placed over the eyes to treat a variety of eye disorders, including chronic dry eye, corneal abnormalities, keratitis and inflammatory disorders. Prokera's amniotic membrane is clear and thin like natural eye tissue and provides continuous protection for damaged eye tissues. The procedure to implement Prokera is minimally invasive and requires no down time.
Get Dry Eye Treatment at Franklin Family Eyecare
Franklin Family Eyecare uses cutting-edge medical devices and technologies other eye care centers do not offer. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam and dry eye treatment please call your optometrist in Somerset, NJ today at 732-412-7328.