Dry Eye is a common condition characterized by improper tear production or low-quality tears. When your tears are unable to provide the adequate lubrication your eyes need to function, your eyes may become uncomfortable and vision could fluctuate. Symptoms such as burning, stinging, redness, “tired” sensation, or tearing are common and very in severity.
There are several causes of dry eye, ranging from dysfunction of the glands of the eye that produce tears to a defect in the tear film that coats the front surface of the eye. Treatment options range from eye drops to lifestyle changes, and all have the goal of increasing the visual ability of the eye while promoting eye comfort.
Who is at risk?
- Older people and women
- Those with autoimmune diseases (Sjogrens syndrome)
- Those taking medications including diuretics, beta-blockers, antihistamines, and antidepressants.
- Patients with thyroid disease and diabetes
- Prolonged screen time
- Contact lens wear or eye surgery (LASIK)
All of our ophthalmologists are able to detect dry eye during your exam and develop personalized treatment plans based on your symptoms.