Many patients are referred for retinal evaluation for blurry vision that comes and goes. Often, those patients have a healthy appearing retina. Their symptoms are often secondary to dry eye.
Dry eye is incredibly common and affects all ages. We notice dry eye more when we perform “concentrating” activites such as reading, watching TV, or computer. During those activities, we tend to blink less so our tears do not lubricate the surface of our eye sufficiently. The surface of the eye then develops a dry spot and vision becomes blurry.
Dr. Dahr is not a dry eye specialist. In general, your primary eye doctor can discuss dry eye treatments with you. Either your primary eye doctor or Dr. Dahr can recommend a dry eye specialist, if you are interested.
A principal treatment for dry eye is Artificial Tears, which are over the counter. Refresh, Optive, GenTeel, and Thera Tears are all good brands. Avoid Visine brands. Also avoid drops with benzakonium (BAK) preservative.
Other treatments may include a short course of steroid drops, occluding the tear drainage system with special plugs so that tears last longer, or using a special medicated drop called Restasis.
Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, is often a factor in dry eye and warm compresses and/or oral tetracyclines may help as well.