Dr. Mark J. Cannon has a special interest in the management of dry eye because he has a mild case of it himself. Dry eye disease is a common issue with many different variables at play. There are two main ‘types’ of dry eye: aqueous deficient (not enough tears in the eye) and evaporative dry eye wherein poor quality tears evaporate too quickly.
The good news is that we can reliably identify which of these issues is causing your dryness with some simple in-office testing. Yes, some people do have both sorts of dryness, and still others have ocular surface irritation that is really more related to inflammation than the quality or quantity of tears. We will sort out what is causing your eyes to feel dry, and then take steps to bring your eyes back to health and comfort. Our process is more thorough than just telling patients to use artificial tears for dryness like they do at many clinics. That being said, artificial tears can often be part of our overall treatment plan. In most cases, dry eye patients will be asked to see Dr. Mark Cannon for a Saturday appointment.
Dry Eye is a common issue, and is often exacerbated by lots of screen time or working in a dry, harsh environment like an office or apartment with forced air. If you experience dryness, redness, or eye fatigue after looking at computers for a few hours, you may have an issue called computer vision syndrome. Quite frequently patients with this issue have both Dry Eye Syndrome and Eyestrain going on at the same time.
A Dry Eye Evaluation & Management visit is a medical eye exam and is billed to medical insurance - your vision plan will not apply here. Most of the time we don’t do a refraction or contact lens fitting at a dry eye exam. Corneal irritation or dry eye can definitely impact your glasses Rx, so if the dryness might be impacting your Rx, our goal will be to resolve dryness and then finalize your prescription. Other patients with mild dry eye will have their glasses Rx released at a ‘routine vision exam’ and then be asked to return for a dry eye follow-up that would be billed medically.
Typically dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition. Our goal is to restore eye health and stop (or reduce) the discomfort. These services can be paid out of pocket or you can use medical insurance to help cover the fees.