Have you ever experienced dry, itchy eyes? Do you find that your only relief is using eye drops? If so, you could be suffering from dry eye. This condition is easily diagnosed and can be treated by a trained optometrist.
What Is Dry Eye?
At Complete Eye Care in Lawton and Newcastle, we often see patients experiencing dry eye. Dry eye is a common condition known as the inability to produce adequate lubrication for your eyes. The result is dry, itchy eyes that feel uncomfortable. Your eyes may burn, sting or become inflamed. It is possible to experience temporary bouts of dry eye, like when you have been on a plane for a long period or using a computer for awhile. However, some people suffer all day from the symptoms of dry eye.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Besides having eyes that feel dry, itchy and scratchy, other symptoms of dry eye include:
- Redness and swelling
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Tired eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- Feeling like something is in your eye
- Painful eyes
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by several different factors. Women going through menopause may experience dry eye. For some, it is simply a part of aging. For others, it could be the side effect of a medication. Other causes include diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome or cardiovascular disease. Allergies are another common cause of dry eye.
Preventing Dry Eye
If you periodically experience dry eye, pay attention to when it occurs and what you were doing at the time. This will help pinpoint any causes for your dry eye, including allergies. Other ways to prevent dry eye include:
- Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air
- Wearing protective eyewear
- Taking breaks from screen time
- Quit smoking
- Don't blow air, such as from a blow-dryer or fan, directly into your eyes
Treatment for Dry Eye in lawton and newcastle, OK
You should see an optometrist for dry eye if you experience prolonged symptoms of dry eye. Our optometrists can provide over-the-counter or prescription eye drops if they are needed. There are other treatment options available and we can explore them if your dry eye does not respond to the initial treatment. Call our team at Complete Eye Care today to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.