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What is Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes is considered the most common eye condition today, with as many as 90% of people that work on a computer suffering from dry eye symptoms in Houston. There are a few causes of dry eyes such as Meibomian Gland Disorder (MGD), Blepharitis, hormonal changes, medications, environmental issues such as smoking or having a heater lit, and insufficient blinking due to computer and phone usage.

Does Dry Eyes affect women more than men?

Women are much more likely to have dry eyes than men. One of the main reasons for the higher incidence of dry eyes with women, is hormonal changes due to menapause, pregnancy, and birth control. Thyroid and other autoimmune issues can also exacerbate your dry eye symptoms.

What can I do at home to reduce symptoms of dry eyes?

Our optometrists in the Woodlands and other Eye Trends locations, recommend that all patients schedule a dry eye exam if they experience symptoms such as dry, watery, painful, red eyes. In addition to the eye exam, there are many steps that can reduce the severity of symptoms including:

  • Sleeping without a heater at night.
  • Taking blink breaks while on the computer every 20 minutes
  • Eating a diet rich in Omega 3 and omega 7
  • Removing environmental irritants such as cigarette smoke

Luckily we live in a time with rapid advancements in contact lens technology. A patient who 5 years ago was unable to wear contacts because of discomfort, has many options today. For most patients our optometrists recommend soft daily disposable contacts that are designed specifically for dry eye patients. They are made from a more breathable material that has a higher water content, which leaves your eyes feeling fresh over the course of the day.

What treatment options are there for dry eye sufferers?

Our Houston optometrists will recommend a treatment option that addresses the cause of your dry eyes. Medications such as Xiidra and Restasis are often combined with eye drops as an effective treatment option. In many cases our eye doctors will recommend warm compresses and nutritional supplements. In more severe cases patients may need more intensive treatment options, especially if the patient has meibomian gland disorder, sjorgens syndrome or blepharitis.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.