If the eyes do not produce enough tears or your tears evaporate quickly, dry eyes can occur. It is a common occurrence in humans and can affect one or both eyes. It can also cause inflammation. If you suspect that you are suffering from dry eye, the eye care professionals at Devine Eyes in Columbia, SC are ready to assist you. Read on to learn more about this condition and how it is treated.
Causes & Symptoms of Dry Eye
Tears are constantly being produced. Healthy eyes are healthy are covered with tear film. Each time you blink, your tear films remain stable to prevent your eyes from becoming dry. Dry eyes can result from not having enough tear production for optimal eye health or from an imbalance in the tear mixture that causes your tears to evaporate quickly. Other causes of dry eye include drugs, environmental factors, and problems with your eyelids.
If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, you may experience a variety of symptoms such as:
- A feeling of dryness, grittiness, soreness, stinging or burning
- Mucus around or in the eyes
- Eye redness
- Sensitivity to wind or smoke
- Discomfort when wearing contacts
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Not being able to keep the eyes open
- Blurry vision
Dry Eye Treatment
Our eye doctor will perform an exam and ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing as well as your medical history. We will also want to know about any medications you are currently taking. This along with tests can diagnose dry eye syndrome. Tests given can reveal the number of tears in the eyelid and whether or not your tear film is functioning as it should.
Treatment given will help keep your eyes lubricated. Recommended treatments will depend on what is causing your dry eyes. If possible, we will work with you to improve your natural tear production. If an eye infection or psoriasis is to blame, these conditions will need to be treated separately.
Common medications for patients to take that have chronic dry eyes include Restasis or cyclosporine eye drops. For more severe cases, steroid drops may help reduce inflammation and are only used if regular eye drops have not effectively treated your condition.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometry Professionals for Dry Eye Treatment in Columbia, SC
Call Devine Eyes today at (803) 376-4545 for more information on our eye care services or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.