Some symptoms you might experience include burning, stinging, and a scratchy feeling in your eyes. You may also have eye fatigue, redness, or stringy mucus in or around your eyes.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, over 20 million people have dry eye in the U.S. This common eye condition can cause painful and frustrating symptoms, including blurry vision. The good news is that you don’t have to live with itchy, dry eyes. Our ophthalmologists use the latest advanced treatments to address the root cause of the condition and provide symptom relief.
This common condition occurs when our eyes do not produce tears properly due to an imbalance of oil, water, and mucus. There are several reasons this can happen, such as the tear film is abnormal or the meibomian glands are dysfunctioning. Decreased tear production can also happen as you get older or if you have certain medical conditions, take certain medications, wear contact lenses, or have a history of refractive eye surgery.
The condition can also occur if your tears evaporate too quickly. This increased tear evaporation can occur due to eye allergies or exposure to smoke, wind, or dry air. You might also experience this if you blink less often or have a vitamin A deficiency. Eyelid problems can also lead to increased tear evaporation.
At International Eye Associates, our providers utilize the latest, cutting-edge technology to create the best, individualized treatments for patients. This can include using artificial tear drops or ointments to lubricate the eyes, avoiding environmental triggers, using humidifiers, practicing good eyelid hygiene, and taking certain medications or undergoing procedures to increase tear production.
The key to treatment is to break the cycle of irritation and inflammation by identifying the cause of the condition and then addressing the underlying problem.
Many types of eye drops are on the market to help combat symptoms. The most common eye drop treatments include artificial tears, gels, and ointments. According to our ophthalmologists, the key is to choose preservative-free eye drops. That’s because preservatives can irritate the surface of your eye, causing the delicate material to break down, which makes eye symptoms worse.