If your eyes have started to feel itchy, irritated, or dry for no apparent reason, you could be experiencing dry eye syndrome due to a lack of moisture in your eyes. At the office of Dr. Wacasey, your Longview, TX, therapeutic optometrist, we’ve compiled these dry eye treatment FAQs to explain more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this eye condition. We offer quality eye care services to residents of Longview, White Oak, Lake Port, Kilgore, Hallsville, Diana, Gilmer, and Gladewater.
What is dry eye?
Dry eye syndrome is a common eye condition characterized by dry, itchy eyes. It occurs when your eyes don’t produce sufficient tears to keep them lubricated and moist. An improper balance in the composition of your tears can also cause dry eye syndrome.
What causes dry eye?
There are numerous factors that can affect tear production and lead to itchy, dry eyes. Age can impact tear production as your eyes produce fewer tears as you get older. Environmental factors like wind and overexposure to the sun can affect tear production or composition, leading to dry eyes. Certain health conditions and medications, computer overuse, dry indoor environments, and frequent use of contact lenses are additional causes of dry eye syndrome.
What are some dry eye symptoms?
The main symptoms of dry eye are red, itchy, and burning eyes. Your eyes may feel irritated all the time like you have sand or grit inside. Your vision may blur, and your eyes may become sensitive to light. Watery eyes are another symptom of dry eye, as your glands may produce an abundance of low-quality, watery tears to compensate for the dryness.
How is dry eye diagnosed?
Through a series of eye exams, our Longview eye doctor can diagnose dry eye and pinpoint the cause of your condition. Our optometry specialist will measure tear production and composition to get an idea of the severity of your condition so we can recommend the appropriate treatment.
How is dry eye treated?
Dry eye treatment will vary depending on your symptoms. For mild cases, our eye doctor may recommend artificial tears. We may recommend prescription eye drops to stimulate tear production for more severe symptoms. In some cases, treatment may involve removing the cause of your symptoms, such as changing medications, reducing computer use, etc. Our optometry specialist can discuss additional treatment options with you to correspond with the severity of your condition.
See Our Longview Optometrist for Dry Eye Treatment
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wacasey in Longview, TX, for dry eye diagnosis and treatment, contact us at 903-663-1550. We proudly serve residents of Longview, White Oak, Lake Port, Kilgore, Hallsville, Diana, Gilmer, and Gladewater.