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Dry Eyes and When to see a Doctor
Your optometrist wants you to know that the Eye Gallery has a Dry Eye Treatment in Prosper for you. Dry eye is one of the most common problems we see. When tears and lubrication in your eyes are inadequate, the stinging and burning that follows can make your life miserable but there is an answer.
Symptoms usually affect both eyes. These can:
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- A burning, stinging, or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Eye redness Sensitivity to light
- The sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue
- Watery eyes, which is the body's response to the irritation of dry eyes
When You Should See a Doctor
You should see your eye doctor if you have had a prolonged period in which you have experienced red, irritated, or painful eyes. Your doctor will take steps to determine the cause of your dryness or may refer you to a specialist.
Common Causes of Dry Eye
Decreased tear production - the medical term for dry eye is keratoconjunctivitis. Common causes of decreased tear production include:
- Certain medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency
- Certain medications, including decongestants, antihistamines, hormone replacement therapy, drugs for high blood pressure, antidepressants, acne, birth control, and Parkinson's disease
- Laser eye surgery. Symptoms of dry eyes related to the procedure are usually temporary
- Tear gland damage from radiation or inflammation.
An Imbalance in Tear composition - Tear film as three main layers: water, oil, and mucus. When there is a problem or imbalance with any of these layers the result can be dry eyes. The oil film produced by small glands on the edge of the eyelids, for example, can become clogged.
Increased tear evaporation - Common causes of increased tear evaporation include:
- Wind, smoke or dry air
- Blinking less often, which tends to occur when you're concentrating, for example, while reading, driving or working at a computer
- Eyelid problems, such as out-turning of the lids (ectropion) and in-turning of the lids (entropion).
Call out friendly staff at the Eye Gallery in Prosper and make an appointment to get help for your dry eye problem.
Call us @ 972-519-0006