Dry eye is a common condition that can cause people a great deal of discomfort. Dr. Brecheen, OD at Brecheen Learning and Vision Center would like to share some of the common questions that we run into regarding dry eye syndrome. If you are experiencing dry eye syndrome and live in or around, Dallas, Fort Worth, or Lewisville, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What Is Dry Eye?
In short, dry eye is a condition in which your eyes do not produce the lubrication they need. It leads to dry, itchy eyes that often feel like something might be stuck in them. It can make your vision blurry, create a burning feeling, or cause sensitivity to light.
Why Does My Eye Need to Stay Lubricated?
The eyes are a very sensitive part of the body. The dust, debris, germs, and other toxins in the environment can easily impact your eyes’ health. The natural lubrication they are supposed to produce acts as a shield against these dangers.
What Causes Dry Eye?
The causes can vary. Some people have an imbalance in the body that impacts the natural development of their tears. Conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid disorders can cause dry eyes. Additional factors, such as staring at a screen for long periods, aging, environmental conditions, and smoking can also play a role.
How Is the Condition Diagnosed?
In addition to checking the overall health of your eyes and discussing your symptoms, our optometrist will likely perform a test to measure your tear production. A small strip of paper is placed on the lower eyelid, allowing it to soak up the tears you produce. From this test, we can determine if you have sufficient tear production.
Are There Treatments for Dry Eye?
There are several ways that dry eyes can be addressed, depending on the specifics of your condition. This includes steps you can take at home and work, such as changing your habits, keeping your eyelids clean, and using warm compresses for your eyes. Some treatments can also address oil blockages.
Can I Wear Contacts If I Have Dry Eye?
Traditional contact lenses can lead to dry eye symptoms and many dry eye sufferers avoid contacts for this reason. However, there are special contact lenses available for those with dry eye syndrome.
Find Relief From Dry Eye at Brecheen Learning and Vision Center
Don’t just suffer from dry eye. At Brecheen Learning and Vision Center, Dr. Brecheen, OD provides dry eye treatment for our patients in and around Dallas, Fort Worth, and Lewisville. Call our team today at (972) 221-2564.