Ready to Shed Tears of Relief?
Dry eyes have numerous causes and symptoms, but an eye exam can tell your optometrist exactly what you’re dealing with and why. Once we know the reason for your dry eyes, we can suggest options to reduce your discomfort.
What Are Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes usually occur for one of 2 reasons: your eyes don’t make enough tears, or the tears they make are of poor quality. In either case, your tears no longer provide adequate lubrication for your eyes.
Dry eye risk factors include
- Being older than 50.
- Certain hormones (including those that appear during pregnancy or menopause)
- Taking antihistamines, postmenopausal estrogen treatments, or specific medications
- Having certain vascular diseases
- Undergoing corneal surgery
- Having hepatitis C
- Having androgen insufficiency
- Exposure to radiation
- Having a vitamin A deficiency
- Undergoing stem cell therapies
Dry Eye Symptoms
- Burning sensations
- Foreign body sensation, when something feels “stuck” in your eye
- Excessively watering eyes
- Red eyes
- Tired eyes, even after resting
- Persistently itchy eyes
Dry Eye Relief
Dry eye therapies may include (but are not limited to):
- Artificial Tears: Lubricating eye drops hydrate the eye’s surface and can reduce or eliminate a range of symptoms associated with dry eyes.
- Topical Steroids: The anti-inflammatory properties in many topical steroids can relieve even severely dry eyes by reducing uncomfortable swelling.
- Punctal Plugs: Putting tiny plugs into your tear ducts can prevent tears from draining too fast and may increase the effectiveness of topical therapies when used alongside them.
- Eye Masks: Compression masks use mild pressure, moisture, and heat to reduce inflammation and encourage healthy gland functions. Most people can use these masks at home without supervision.
- Scleral Lenses: The design of these lenses creates a space between them and the surface of your eyes, which can be filled with hydrating fluid. If your dry eyes make other contact lenses too uncomfortable to wear, scleral lenses may be an effective alternative.
- Eyelid-Cleansing Wipes: Eyelid sanitizing products can support the use of other dry eye therapies. Our practice carries a variety of eyelid cleansers from trusted brands.
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- Sunday: Closed