Are your eyes irritated and you feel like something is in them? Or do you have the urge to rub them and they are red and burning? If so, then it is time for you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor. During this eye exam your eye doctor will examine your eyes to see if you are experiencing Dry Eye.
Dry eye is a condition in which your eyes are not producing enough tears to lubricate the surface of the eye. Tears are vital to your eye health. Besides lubricating the surface, tears help protect against infection and wash away debris that enters the eye.
There are many factors that can cause a patient’s dry eye. Generally speaking women are more prone to dry eye due to changes in hormones during pregnancy and menopause. Individuals, both men and women, are likely to develop dry eyes as they age. Other causes include medications and long term contact lens usage.
During your eye exam, the eye doctor will examine your cornea and eyelids. They will also evaluate your tears itself. To examine your tears, the eye doctor will introduce a specialized dye. This will allow them to observe your tear flow and any abnormalities that may exist.
What causes dry eyes?
The cause of dry eyes can be varied. Tear production may decrease as a result of the natural aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, inflammation, medication, and other medical conditions.
What are some symptoms of dry eyes?
- Blurred vision
- Contact lens intolerance
- Eye redness
- Gritty sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Stinging or burning sensation
What are my treatment options?
Treatment will vary based on the severity and results of your examination. Most moderate to mild cases can be relieved with medicated eye drops or artificial tears.
While dry eyes cannot be cured, there are various ways to soften or lessen your symptoms. During your appointment, we will discuss the treatment options that best fit your needs.
If you have any questions about dry eye or would like to be seen, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!