Can Laser Treatments Really Help My Dry Eyes?

Fatigued teen girl taking off glasses take break to relieve dry irritable eyesOur eyes are a big part of how we connect to the world. When they are dry, itchy, and irritated, it’s challenging to enjoy things. Our first instinct is to rush for the first bottle of eye drops we can buy, hoping to find relief. Sometimes, this isn’t always enough to relieve chronic dry eyes. If you’re looking for an innovative way to solve a frustrating problem, laser treatment may be what you need for relief.

Why Eye Drops Don’t Always Work

There are several brands of eye drops that promise to give your relief from dry, irritated eyes. But when it doesn’t solve the problem, it can be frustrating. Most eye drops don’t solve dry eyes because they don’t address the root cause of the issue. Our tears consist of a mixture of oil and water. When there isn’t enough oil, the water in our eyes evaporates quickly, leaving them dry and irritated. Eye drops don’t solve the problem because it doesn’t make up for the oil deficiency in the tear film. Eye drops can provide very temporary relief, but the issue remains.

How Do Laser Treatments Work?

Laser treatments are an innovative method to relieve dry eye symptoms and help you get back to enjoying life. Laser treatments consist of quick pulses of light to the skin around your eyelids and face. The light from the laser helps release oil buildup and unclog your glands. 

Necessary oil returns to your tears, keeping them from evaporating and causing your eyes to dry. Instead of temporarily relieving symptoms, laser treatments aim to address dry eyes at their cause.

Studies show that laser treatments have a 90% success rate in treating dry eyes and are known to be effective for up to one year. In some patients, it may take several sessions to reach optimal results.

Each treatment takes just a few minutes to complete, and you may start to see results after several hours.

Dry eye syndrome doesn’t have to bring your life to a standstill. Call the office of Kristin J. Tarbet, M.D, to find out how laser treatments can help you. Call to schedule your consultation at 425-455-2131.

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