Dry eyes may not sound so alarming, but this condition causes a lot of discomfort to those suffering from it. Moreover, it can lead to more serious eye problems, such as damage to the front surface of the eye or vision impairment.
There are varying causes of dry eyes, including environmental conditions, medications and age. Different treatments for dry eye currently exist. However, recently a new treatment has been developed and tested, and the results are quite promising.
Lifetime Vision Source, the area’s trusted provider of pediatric eye exam and dry eye treatment, shares more information about this news.
DNase and Its Promising Results
An enzyme called DNase is used in the treatment to break up nucleic acid-based material on the surface of the eye.
In the study, 47 patients with severe dry eye disease were given either eye drops containing DNase or eye drops without the enzyme. Over the course of eight weeks, one drop of the solution was administered to each eye four times a day.
At the end of the study, the results showed that participants who used DNase eye drops had less eye discomfort and healthier corneas.
Other Existing Treatments
DNase eye drops are still new. And while they look promising right now, more research will have to be done to ensure its effectiveness and safety as a treatment for severe dry eye. Meanwhile, you can check with your eye doctor to know about approved treatments that suit your condition.
For instance, an optometrist can prescribe eye drops to increase your tear production. Artificial tears solution can also be used to supplement your natural tear production.
In some cases, conserving tears works best. This is usually done through a surgical procedure or through the use of tiny, removable silicone or gel-like plugs.
Lifetime Vision Source is a trusted eye center that provides personalized optometry services and quality vision products. Call us at (701) 864-3777 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Jamestown, ND, and nearby areas.