Dry Eye

Dry eye syndromeDry eye syndrome is a very common condition caused by either an insufficient amount of tears, or  poor quality of tears. There are some medications that can cause dry eye, such as antihistamines, certain antidepressants, and some blood pressure medications. Environmental factors such as poor air quality, or tasks that require less blinking such as driving or reading can cause dry eye syndrome.

There are several effective treatments for dry eye available at our offices. Mild dry eye symptoms can be treated with eye drops that you can find at your pharmacy. If your symptoms are more persistent, your treatment options depend on what is causing your dry eye.
Common symptoms of dry eye:

  • Scratchy or gritty sensation
  • Foreign body sensation in the eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurry vision after reading or computer use
  • Itching and/or burning sensation
  • Feels “pressure” or pain in the eye

Some symptoms may suggest an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, so it is important for you to see an eye doctor if you have serious symptoms. Remember, dry eye is very common and our doctors at Premier Eye Clinic are well versed in the treatment of this condition.

Common medications used to treat dry eyes:

  • Over-the Counter artificial tear eye drops or ointment
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Prescription oral medications
  • Nutritional supplements

Other treatments include:

  • Therapeutic contact lenses Using special contact lenses to cover your eyes
  • Tear duct plug to reduce tear loss
  • Unblocking oil glands

It is important to remember there is currently no outright cure for dry eye, but the treatments are effective in managing symptoms and making dry eye syndrome more comfortable to live with.  Premier Eye Clinic encourages you to come in for an eye exam if you are experiencing any dry eye symptoms.

 

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