Dry Eye Treatment Center

Do you find yourself constantly using eye drops due to dry, scratchy eyes? Maybe you have a feeling that there is always “something” in your eye? Don’t dismiss the problem as just an uncomfortable sensation.

We were designated as the first dry eye treatment center in Central Minnesota in 2004, and we’ve been working hard on this condition ever since.

Dry Eye

Dry eye is a condition where a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish their eye. Tears maintain the health of the front surface of the eye, helping keep vision clear. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem.

Symptoms include: blurred vision, stinging, difficulty wearing contact lenses, burning, tired eyes, scratchiness, tearing and light sensitivity.

Schedule an appointment today, or contact us to learn more about this condition.

Causes

Medical: People with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and thyroid problems are more likely to have dry eyes. Many eye conditions can also cause dry eye.

Medication: Antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications and antidepressants can reduce tear production.

Environmental: Exposure to smoke, wind, and dry climates can evaporate tears more quickly, resulting in dry eye. Long-term use of computers and other screens can as well.

Gender-related: Women are more likely to develop dry eye due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, oral contraceptives and menopause.

Age-related: Dry eyes are part of the natural aging process, and the majority of people over age 65 will experience some symptoms.

Other: Long-term use of contact lenses, as well as eye surgeries, can decrease tear production.

Diagnosis

Dry eye can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam from one of our highly trained doctors.

Our TearLab system helps us determine the exact concentration of tears your eyes each provide. We take a sample of your tears from each eye and measure how salty your tears are. The higher the concentration of salt, the more damage can occur to your eyes through dry eye.

The amount of tears collected is no larger than the period at the end of this sentence.

We also have special testing for Sjogren’s syndrome,  and have special instrumentation that allows us
to see how inflamed the eye is, and what the specific cause may be.

Treatment

Your doctor will create a custom treatment plan for you, and on your return visits will continue to test your tears at the TearLab to determine how treatment is going.
 

Dry Eye Treatment Center

Dr. Nick Colatrella was one of the country’s first optometrists to utilize a new biological bandage to help restore your eye’s surface, and lectures nationwide about his experience.

“Amniotic membrane tissue offers many advantages over conventional treatments to help speed up healing, decrease inflammation from dry eye and prevent scarring, and we are excited to be able to offer it as a treatment option,” states Dr. Colatrella.
 

Our Partner: The Apothecary

In addition we set up a relationship with Sartell’s own compounding pharmacy, The Apothecary, to synthesize a treatment called ‘autologous serum’ which utilizes your own blood serum as an adjunct treatment for dry eye.  

Schedule an appointment today for your dry eye treatment evaluation if you would like relief from your dry eye symptoms!

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