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Kiwanis learns cure for dry eyes

Now that he is back in Ennis on Thursdays, Ophthalmologist David Reagan visited the local Kiwanis Club to speak about dry eyes.
“It is such a common problem,” Reagan said. “You can do so much without a trip to the doctor that will help you out. It’s a poorly understood problem.”
Reagan explained that there are several causes for dry eyes but the first step is recognizing that you have the problem. He said the problem occurs very slowly and can be mistaken as allergies or feel like sand in the eye.
The simplest explanation Reagan gave of what happens when a person experiences dry eyes is that the brain is told to send more tears to wet the eyeball so it will feel as if you are tearing up a lot, but in reality the high production of tears doesn’t help because low oil levels in your eyes don’t stop the water from evaporating.
“Dryness is insidious,” Reagan said. “It’s slow and creeps up on you.”
Reagan said the most effortless cure of dry eyes is to get a washcloth wet with warm water and leave it over your eyes for as long as you can or until the water is cool.
“That is a very simple thing you can do,” Reagan said. “Get those oils producing so the water levels won’t evaporate. You don’t need a lot of antibiotics. You don’t need artificial tears.”
Should you choose to go the artificial tear route, Reagan said to use a non-preserved solution and begin by using the drops many times a day and scale it back gradually if it isn’t helping. He explained the idea of using artificial tears is a trial and error cure and starting off by dropping artificial tears in your eyes only twice a day doesn’t really help, which often leads to the patient thinking the artificial tears aren’t working.
Reagan showed a video explaining the causes and effects of dry eyes. The video touched on photophobia, which is sensitivity to light. Reagan explained this could be solved with artificial tears.
“If simple solutions like these don’t help then seek professional help,” Reagan said.
Reagan’s office, Reagan Eye Center, is located at 203 NW. Main St. He also has offices in Waxahachie, Mansfield and Desoto.
The Kiwanis Club of Ennis meets Thursday at noon at the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Retirement Center.

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