Decreased production of tears from your tear glands or changes in the composition of the tear fluid can cause dry eye. Dry eye can be broken down into two categories: inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Recent advancements allow us to test for the presence of the absence of inflammation.

This allows for specific treatment to target the type of dryness that is present. Treatments include, but are not limited to over the counter artificial tears, prescription drops nutritional supplements and tear duct plugs.

Dry Eye Symptom Quiz

If you can say yes to any of the questions below, you may want to learn more about a new treatment for dry eyes. Are any of the following true for your eyes:

  • Dry, gritty or scratchy?
  • Sore or irritated?
  • Feels like there’s a foreign object in your eye?
  • Burning or stinging?
  • Itching? Watering?
  • Vision fluctuations after reading or using a computer?
  • Pressure?
  • Eye fatigue after reading or using a computer?
  • Glare in your eyes at night?
  • Halos around lights at night?
  • Difficulty driving at night?
  • Using artificial tears?

To see if risk-free, collagen eye plugs may help your dry eye symptoms, call for an appointment with Dr. W. Zack Bartels at 417-820-9393

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