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April is Dry Eye Awareness Month. Make an appointment today to be seen in our Accredited Dry Eye Center to help relieve your dry, burning eyes.

Check out this recent press release (from the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association) for more tips and information about dry eyes:Dry eye syndrome can result when one or more of the eye’s layers fail to produce the right quantity or balance of tears. This condition has a multitude of causes but generally can stem from the following factors:

Age: As Americans age, eyes naturally become drier. Consequently, the majority of people older than 65 experience some symptoms of dry eye.

Gender: Women are more likely to develop dry eye with hormonal changes during pregnancy, while using oral contraceptives and following menopause.

Medications: Decongestants, antihistamines and antidepressants are among numerous medications that can reduce tear production.

Medical Conditions: Health issues associated with arthritis, diabetes, Sjögren’s syndrome and thyroid problems can produce dry eye symptoms.

Environment: Dry climates and exposure to wind and smoke may trigger dry eye. It’s also important to blink regularly, especially if you work at a computer for long periods of time.

Eyewear/Surgery: In some cases, long-term wearing of contact lenses may cause dry eye (or make eyes less comfortable if they are dry), and previous eye surgery, such as LASIK, may lead to a temporary decrease in tear production.

Cosmetics: When the lid margin is coated with heavy makeup, it can block the openings of the oily glands, which help lubricate the eye.

Treatment for dry eye syndrome varies depending on the severity. Some people can use artificial tears or similar eye drops or ointments that simulate the action of tears, but most will require medication prescribed by their optometrist. There are also oral capsules that can help the eyes maintain tear production and guard against future tear loss. The SCOPA and the AOA recommends consulting an eye doctor to diagnose the condition and discuss the proper treatment to help ease the discomfort. According to eye doctors, some over-the-counter eye drops will actually have an adverse effect on dry eye symptoms.

Additionally, consumers can help alleviate symptoms of dry eye by following a more holistic approach, such as:

Eating fish or taking a nutritional supplement that contains polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Increasing humidity in your home and/or office.

Blinking more frequently, especially when reading or staring at a computer screen, as well as lowering the computer screen to at or below eye level.

Wearing sunglasses with wraparound frames to reduce exposure to wind and sun.

Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Several new studies have confirmed the correlation between fatty acids and an improvement in dry eye syndrome. Salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and other cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can help reduce inflammation, enhance tear production and support the eye’s oily outer layer as well as provide health benefits for your cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems.



Do you suffer from dry, burning eyes and fluctuating vision?  The Draisin Vision Group has recently become an Accredited Dry Eye Center. We look at the quantity AND the quality of your tears and eye surfaces. You will receive a complete dry eye evaluation in our dry eye clinic with the latest technology and testing to relieve your dry, burning, blurry eyes. Call to make your appointment today !

Whew...the cars are turning yellow, the sneezing has begun, and don't you want to scratch your eyes out??? Allergy season in the Lowcountry is upon us and it is worse than ever. We are here for you with relief and answers...make your appointment today so that we can give you the most advanced medical treatment for allergic conjunctivitis to relieve those red, watery, itchy eyes and perhaps switch your contact lenses into a one-day contact lens to get you through the season.


Looking of a good laugh this Monday afternoon? Check out ugliest glasses contest!! Go to our facebook page, click on the contests button on the right hand side and vote away for your favorite ugly glasses!  



Tips on how to buy the sunglasses that will work best for you:

- Choosing the right shape for your face: Find sunglasses that are opposite the shape of your face to create balance. If you face is round, chose rectangular frames, if you have a high forehead and square jaw go for a more rounded frame, if you have a heart shape face you can pull off most styles. Classic aviators are pretty flattering shape for any face.

-ALWAYS be sure that your sunglasses have UVA and UVB protection. If they do not they can actually do more harm than good by making the pupils larger with the dark lenses and allowing UV to enter your eye and create damage to the back of the eye. If you are not sure if your sunglasses have UV protection, bring them into our optical and we can check the UV protection in them. Sunglasses also protect the very delicate tissue and skin around the eye, preventing wrinkles and skin cancer.

-Polarized lenses are excellent for extra glare protection and wonderful if you spend time on the water. There are also special lens treatments that make the lenses resistant to water and oil- great for the beach and exercising!

-Protect your sunglasses: Keep you sunglasses in a hard case to prevent scratches on the lenses. Scratches can also let UV sneak through the lenses and into the eye. Also, wearing them on your head can stretch the frame out. If this were to happen, just stop by the optical and we will be happy to adjust them back into shape for you at no cost!

Enjoy your summer…and remember to protect your eyes and vision!