COVID-19 Update!

As we continue to learn about COVID-19 and adjust/transition accordingly, we are happy to announce we have resumed regular physician and clinic schedules! Please call us to set up your next eye exam .

For all appointments, patients are REQUIRED to wear a protective face covering. Only the patient will be admitted entrance into clinics, unless assistance is needed for mobility reasons. Caregivers and family members will be asked to wait outside during the appointment, please, no children.

Our in-clinic pre-screen questions are as follows, if you answer YES to any of the following questions, we kindly ask you call to reschedule your appointment..

1. Have you had a fever in the last two weeks?
2. Have you experienced a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat in the last two weeks?
3. Have you experienced loss of sense of smell or taste in the last two weeks?
4. Have you had any exposure to a known COVID case?

Stay well and safe,
Hines Sight Staff

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

tear duct diagramMost people will tell you that they have no problem shedding tears when they are upset but a small percentage of the population are unable to create tears. These people suffer from a condition known as dry eye syndrome. Dry eye is a condition that causes your eyes to feel as though there is an irritant present. The cause for this irritation is that the eyes are not producing the required fluid that needs to be covering the eyes. Normal healthy eyes are being continuously cover by a thin tear film. This film allows people to be able to see more clearly. Treatment of dry eyes at Hines Sight aims to restore a more normal tear film to minimize your dryness, blurred vision and irritations.

Persistent irritations to one or both of your eyes might be a cause of dry eye(s). A decreased tolerance to contact lenses is a common symptom as well. Symptoms do vary from patient to patient when it comes to dry eyes. Most patients say they suffer from the feeling that there is something in their eye that is unobtainable to get out. If you have any of the following symptoms listed, you may be suffering from dry eye.

  • Scratchy and burning feeling in the eyes
  • Heightened sensitivity to smoke or wind in the eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Decreased vision
  • Tired eyes from reading or trying to focus on an object
  • Becoming immune to contact lenses

Dry eye can be caused by multiple different variables. The quality of the tear film is directly related to the quality of tears that your eyes are producing. The tear film is made up of three separate layers: Oils containing lipids act as the outer layer, water is the thickest layer and is in the middle, and the last layer is the inner layer of Mucus which allows the tears to spread evenly over the eye. The lack of tear production can also lead to Dry Eyes in the later stages of life. Decreases in tear production may be a result of a LASIK procedure. Having trouble blinking may cause your eyes to dry. Environmental factors such as wind, pollution, sun, and dry air inside homes or offices definitely affect the eyes, but especially in a patient with dry eyes. Patients usually do not produce enough natural tears to offset these and other environmental irritants.

If you feel as though you may be suffering from Dry Eye you may seek to have your eyes tested. Your eye doctor will ask you a series of questions about your lifestyle, work and home environments, work requirements, and even nutrition habits so that they can begin to make a general assessment. Often he or she will measure your tear volume or tear production using one of several tests. These tests may include the “Schimers Tear Test” which a strip is placed under your eyelids to see how much tears are absorbed. Other tests include a series of dyes to determine the surface conditions of your eyes and to determine how long it takes for your eyes to evaporate the tears. These tests determine the degree of dryness and the location of the dryness on the eyes.

Traditional treatment for dry eye may include lubricating eye drops, thicker eye ointments, punctal plugs, LipiFlow® treatment, or even suggesting lifestyle changes. Traditional treatments often treat the symptoms and some patients do get relief from these simple treatments. However, the traditional treatment does not address abnormal tear quality or composition, health of the ocular surface and lacrimal gland, or underlying disease process. Everyday studies are being done to help improve the lives of people with dry eyes.

The team at Hines Sight

Hines Sight

The team at Hines Sight works together to provide the greater Denver, CO, area with the best possible experience. Our doctors are affiliated with professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honors Society

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (303) 777-3277.

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