You may be tempted to ignore your itchy dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome affects about 4.88 million people in America over the age of 50. It is imperative that you visit an optometrist to have your eyes examined and start a treatment plan. Dr. Greg Wacasey can help you reduce dry eye symptoms in Longview, TX, and the surrounding areas. Keep reading to learn more.

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is caused by inadequate tear production or quality. If the tear ducts are not making enough tears or the right quality of tears, the health of your eyes will be affected. Many people think of tears as simply water, but there are actually many components to tears. When the tears are not being produced with the right components present, it can result in dry, itchy eyes.

This can affect eye health because the tears are a crucial part of your eyes being clean and comfortable. When there are not enough tears present, your eyes are susceptible to infection.

Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome

Tear production can be affected in many ways. For some people, this is simply a result of getting older. Other causes can include:

  • Medications

  • Exposure to dry, smoky, or windy conditions on a regular basis

  • Use of contact lenses

  • LASIK eye surgery

Long-term Effects 

When left untreated, dry eyes can have long-term effects on your eye health and your overall vision. Dry eye symptoms will often cause patients to rub or scratch at their eyes when they itch, resulting in damage to the eyes.

Our eye care team can help you find pain relief for dry eye syndrome. Eye exams are the best starting point to find help for this condition. Once our eye doctor has examined your eyes, a treatment plan can be created. This treatment plan can include medicated eye drops. In some cases, ointments can also be used.

To learn more about our services, contact Dr. Wacasey, serving Longview, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 903-663-1550.

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