Adult Acne: Blasting Zits Into Oblivion

My name is Jamie Turner and when I turned 22, I started to form a horrible case of acne. I used every cleanser and lotion I could find and I even asked my physician for a topical steroid cream to clear up the zits on my face. After six months of treatment, my physician completed a blood test that concluded that a hormone imbalance was causing my acne. I started on therapy to control the amount of estrogen my body produced. The therapy along with a good diet and exercise regimen helped to clear up my acne. I am sharing my story, because acne is not just a condition that affects teenagers. It can affect adults at any age, and it can cause a great deal of embarrassment. Don't let your acne go untreated. Read my blog instead and learn about both natural and medical treatments that can help you.

Chronic Dry Eye After LASIK? A Look At Treatment Options

Health & Medical Blog

LASIK surgery can give you freedom from glasses and contacts, but for some patients it can also cause the side effect of ongoing eye dryness. If you've had LASIK surgery and now find that your eyes often feel dry, here's a look at your treatment options.

Lubricating eye drops

If your dryness is minor or only occurs from time to time, your eye doctor may recommend simple lubricating eye drops. These can be purchased over-the-counter at a local pharmacy, but your eye doctor may be able to prescribe a stronger formula if needed. The key is to use the drops on a regular basis before your eyes really start feeling dry. For example, if you know your eyes often feel dry after a few hours of computer work, put the drops in after 30 minutes of computer work as a preventative measure. Using the eye drops once your eyes do become dry will work, too, but it won't be quite as effective.

Punctal Plugs

After your lacrimal glands release tears, the tears are absorbed by your tear ducts. One way to keep your eyes more moist is to slow down the rate at which your tear ducts remove them from your eyes. This can be accomplished with punctual plugs, which are tiny pieces of silicon that your eye doctor inserts in your tear duct. Punctal plugs can be put into place during a simple, non-surgical procedure. In some patients, they cause a feeling of pressure for a few days – but this sensation should wear off quickly and then you won't even be aware that the plugs are there. The plugs come in several sizes, and your eye doctor may need to experiment with a few sizes to see which works best with your eyes.

Medications to Increase Tear Production

If your eyes really aren't making enough tears and punctual plugs have a minimal effect, your eye doctor may prescribe a medication that stimulates your eyes to produce more tears. Cyclosporin is a common medication in this category; it comes in eye drop form. It does cause temporary burning in some patients' eyes and cannot be used when wearing contact lenses, but it is a safe and effective choice for many patients.

If you've had LASIK surgery and your eyes are now feeling overly dry, don't ignore this issue. Chronic dry eyes can lead to infections and corneal scratches. So, talk to your eye doctor, like Country Hills Eye Center, to learn more about these and other treatment options.


23 June 2016