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Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment

Dry Eye Syndrome can be a result of: poor tear film quality, reduced tear film production associated with aging, and a side effect of medications taken commonly for high blood pressure, allergies, and hormone replacement as well as other medical conditions. It can also be due to poor eyelid structure or function resulting in an inadequate distribution of tear volume across the eye’s surface.

Diagnostic testing is performed to determine the etiology and extent of dry eye conditions. Treatment options are discussed ranging from regular use of ocular lubricants in mild cases to punctal occlusion therapy in more moderate to severe cases.

Punctal occlusion involves the placement of collagen or silicone plugs into the tear ducts to reduce tear drainage from the eye. This will maintain a higher tear volume at the eye surface to improve patient symptoms and ocular health. Dry eyes can result in contact lens intolerance, increased risk of infection, and in severe cases, surface scarring which can lead to a permanent reduction or loss of vision.

If you think you may suffer from dry eyes or for more information, please call to schedule an evaluation to determine the cause and extent of the problem.


To Our Patients at Central Ohio Eyecare,

We hope this finds you healthy and well. Our practice is preparing to welcome you back on May 4th, 2020 for your eye health needs. This announcement is to inform you of the additional steps we have taken to protect you, our patients, while you are in our office for care.

What steps have we taken to mitigate COVID-19 risk in our offices?

• We check the temperature of everyone who enters our offices, including staff and doctors, every day.

• We expect our doctors and staff to wear masks, gloves, and goggles or face shields at all times.

• All patients are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in our office.

• We use disinfectant to clean all surfaces and instruments after every patient.

• All frames will be collected and cleaned following each patient use.

• Friends and family members are asked to stay home or wait outside (unless their help is needed).

• We ask you to call us when you arrive in our parking lot.

• We ask you to go to our website to complete any new patient paperwork prior to arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our practice. Rest assured we will continue to deliver your eye health care services in a clean and safe environment for you.

Best wishes,

Dr. LaMar G. Zigler

Dr. David M. Zigler