Dealing With Dry Eye
Your eyes need a certain amount of lubrication to work properly. Without it, there’s discomfort, frustration, and possibly even injuries.
At Complete Family Eye Care, we’re ready to diagnose your dry eye and offer solutions that work. Book your appointment with us today, and discover how we can help you.
What Causes Dry Eye
At the root of it, dry eye is exactly what it sounds like: your eyes don’t have enough moisture to function the way they’re supposed to. But that condition can come about in two different ways.
Your body is programmed to make a certain volume of tears. These tears are produced with the express purpose of lubricating your eyes. If your body doesn’t make enough tears naturally, your eyes will become dry and irritated.
Sometimes, the body makes the right volume of tears, but they’re not quite the right quality. Your tears contain an oil called meibum which keeps them from evaporating. If your tears don’t have enough meibum in them, they’ll evaporate too quickly from the surface of your eye, causing it to dry out.
Anyone can experience dry eye. However, there are a few elements that can increase your likelihood of having dry eye. You’re at a greater risk of developing dry eye if:
- You’re female
- You’re over 50 years old
- You wear contact lenses
- You don’t eat a particularly balanced diet
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Dry eye doesn’t always just feel like your eyes are dry. In fact, in some cases, patients experience a sudden influx of tears or discharge. It’s also common to notice sensitivity to light, redness, a gritty feeling, burning or stinging, blurry vision, and eye fatigue.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms; you don’t have to live with them. Visit Complete Family Eye Care and let us help.
Treating Dry Eye
There are a number of treatments available for dry eye. Visit our office, and we’ll happily go through all your options with you.
Artificial tears are over-the-counter eye drops designed to lubricate your eyes the same way tears would. These drops are a very effective short-term solution for relieving dry eye symptoms.
Medicated Eye Drops
Much like artificial tears, medicated drops offer immediate relief for your dry eye symptoms. But unlike artificial tears, medicated eye drops will also stimulate your body’s production of natural tears, offering a more long term solution.
Your eye has drainage ducts to get rid of any excess tears. Punctal plugs are tiny implants, designed to plug these drainage ducts and allow your tears to moisturize your eyes rather than draining away. Punctal plugs are comfortable, virtually undetectable, and also easily removed if the patient chooses to try another mode of treatment.
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