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Dry Eye Condition

Diagnosis & Treatment

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Dry Eye Treatment Idaho Falls

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, high altitudes, low humidity, mountain breezes, bountiful farms, wild flowers, and the occasional forest fire can wreak havoc on your eyes. Cold winters producing some of the greatest snow on earth can also be a recipe for ocular disaster.

Everyone has experienced, at one time or another, the irritation of dry eyes. For some, this momentary annoyance becomes a constant, unrelenting barrier to doing their job or enjoying time with friends and family.

Just like diabetes or high blood pressure, chronic dry eyes disease requires a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan with the goal of not just relieving symptoms but treating the root cause and getting individuals back to doing the things they enjoy most.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a dry eye disease?

Simply put, dry eye disease is an imbalance of the eyes’ tear film. Decreased tear production, poor tear quality caused by poorly functioning oil glands in the eyelids, inflammation, and the environment all play roles in this process.

How do I know if I have dry eyes?

Dry eyes can manifest itself in a number of ways including irritation, redness, burning, and blurred vision. One of the most confusing things about dry eyes is that tearing and watery eyes are common symptoms as well. Your eye doctor can also visualize areas of dryness and damage by using a special stain called fluorescein.

What happens to my eyes when I'm working on a computer all day?

When we work on the computer, we often are so focused on the screen that we don't blink as often. Remember to take breaks and rest your eyes if they begin to feel strained.

What are meibomian glands?

Meibomian glands are a small gland that produces oils to lubricate the eye. As you age and with certain diseases, these glands can become plugged. With a warm compress and massage, you can begin to improve the glands' function.

Why do my eyes get dry when I drive?

While you're in the car, you often have the air conditioning or heating on, which can cause significant eye dryness. To prevent this, you can wear sunglasses while you drive or point the air vents away from your eyes.

What causes dry eyes?

Beyond environmental factors, the causes are almost as numerous as the symptoms. Medications, diet, hormonal changes, aging, occupation, and history of contact lens wear or LASIK can all contribute. In rare circumstances, dry eyes could be the first sign of systemic diseases such as Sjogrens’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis. Even young people are at risk with increasing amounts of time spent on mobile devices and video games.

What are treatment options?

The exciting news about treating dry eyes is that options for treatment continue to expand rapidly. Beyond artificial tears, there are a host of good options that can be explored under the supervision of an eye care professional.

Lifestyle Modifications

Take a break from screen time! Follow the 20/20/20 rule. Take a break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Limit exposure to wind, fans, and forced air heating and air conditioning. Wraparound sunglasses, a sleep mask, and humidifiers can be very helpful in these circumstances.
Research indicates that Omega 3 supplements high in EPA and DHA may be beneficial in certain groups of dry eye sufferers.
Drinking plenty of water is essential to good health and ocular hydration.
Practice good contact lens hygiene with a proper disinfecting and replacement schedule.


Prescription eye drops target steps in the eye’s inflammatory pathway. Interrupting this damaging cycle can lead to increased tear production and improvement of symptoms. Some of these medications include: Restasis, Xiidra, and Cequa.
Short courses of topical steroids and even oral antibiotics with anti-inflammatory properties can be helpful.
Allergy eye drops are often required when an allergic component is contributing to the problem.
Gabpentin and Lyrica

Natural Treatments

The use of warm compresses can help melt plugged eyelid oil glands, improve tear film quality and decrease tear evaporation.Lid scrubs with tea tree oil or hypochlorous acid can also aid by decreasing debris and removing unwanted bacteria and microscopic mites.

Autologous Serum tears are an advanced form of treatment for severe dry eyes. A patient’s blood is drawn and the red blood cells are removed. The remaining clear serum is specially formulated into eye drops that contain growth factors and other nutrients that help heal the eye and reduce symptoms.
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Idaho Falls, ID
2100 Providence Way Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Located South of EIRMC and Sunnyside Rd in Idaho Falls

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(208) 529-6600
Pocatello, ID
1777 E Clark St #310 Pocatello, ID 83201

Located on Clark St. right off of I-15 take exit 69. Between 16th & 17th Ave.

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(208) 232-4133
Rexburg, ID
23 Sawtelle Ave Suite 102 Rexburg, ID 83440

Right off of Main Street West of I-15 across from Valley Wide Country Store & Blister's BBQ.

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(208) 359-1888
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