The itching, the rubbing, the pain: no matter what you do, your eyes never feel moist enough. At first, this was a mild issue, but now, your dry eyes are making it tough to do anything. You find it hard to concentrate at work or relax when you’re at home.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears to keep eyes moist. This may happen because of age, a neurological issue, or tear gland failure.
There are a handful of causes attributed to dry eye, among them living in a dry climate or windy conditions, being around smoke a lot (including cigarette or cigar smoke), using dehydrating medications, having eyelid abnormalities or autoimmune diseases, or having a family history of the condition.
Symptoms and Signs of Dry Eye
There are several symptoms and signs to be on the lookout for if you think you may have dry eye. These are:
- Pain when using contacts, which sometimes make you unable to use contacts at all
- Light sensitivity
- Frequent eye tearing
- Blurry vision
- A feeling of grittiness in your eyes, even though there’s nothing in there
- Scratching and burning feelings
- Stinging sensations
- Redness and irritation
- Watery eyes
- More mucous in and around the eyes than usual
Dry Eye Treatment from Eye Doctors
Your eye doctor in Fremont can diagnose your case of dry eye. They can also administer dry eye treatment, which should lessen the painful symptoms right away. Here’s an overview of the treatments your eye doctor may suggest:
- Eyelid scrubs for a healthier eye lipid layer, which may add more moisture
- Warm compresses to lessen irritation and pain
- Artificial tears
- Omega-3 supplements
- Oral antibiotics
- Antibiotic eye drops
- Corticosteroid ointments or eye drops, which treat inflammation
- Restasis, also known as Cyclosporine A 0.5%
In serious cases, you may need surgery for your dry eye. The surgeries you may receive are:
- Lateral tarsorrhaphy, where the ocular surface is shrunk for better tear film production
- Therapeutic prosthetic scleral devices, which replace damaged sclera
- Punctal occlusion, which adds plugs to control tear drainage
- Amniotic membrane therapy, which uses placental tissue for dry eye symptoms
- LipiFlow, which separates glands’ lipids for less eye dryness
- Your eye doctor will determine which of these treatment methods is best-suited for your individual case of dry eye.
About Warm Springs Optometric Group, Your Fremont Optometrists
If you’re looking for dry eye relief, you’ve come to the right place. At Warm Springs Optometric Group, your Fremont optometrists, we specialize in dry eye treatment, designer frames, orthokeratology, and eye exams.
Our other services are contact lens exams, LASIK eye surgery, vision therapy, Ortho-K contacts, red eye treatment, computer vision treatment, sports vision treatment, sunglasses fittings, contact lens fittings, and myopia management therapy.
We’re available by phone at (510) 490-0287 or you can set up an appointment and stop by at Warm Springs Optometric Group on 194 Francisco Lane, Suite 118.