Many people occasionally experience dry eye symptoms that can be treated using artificial tears. However, some people experience dry eye symptoms for extended periods of time, which can be painful and irritating. At The Eye Care Center Limited, serving Addison and Burbank, IL, our optometrist provides several treatment methods for dry eye. We will diagnose your condition and find the right treatment for you.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eye symptoms generally affect both eyes. Symptoms include stinging, burning, or a scratching sensation, eye redness, sensitivity to light, or a sensation of having something in your eye. Some patients with dry eyes have stringy mucus in or around their eyes. Blurred vision, eye fatigue, trouble wearing contacts, and difficulty driving at night are other dry eye symptoms.
Causes of Dry Eye
Some medications cause dry eyes, and eliminating the medication can help alleviate the symptoms. Eye conditions, such as one that turns eyelids outward, can cause dry eye. Other common causes of dry eye include the inability to produce tears, decreased tear production, age, allergic reactions, thyroid disorders, vitamin A deficiency, and other conditions. Temporary dry eye conditions can occur from wind, smoke, or dry air.
How Our Eye Doctor Diagnoses Dry Eye
Our eye doctor may have to conduct some tests to determine the cause of your dry eye symptoms. These tests include a comprehensive eye exam and a test to measure the volume of your tears, check your tear production, and analyze the quality of your tears. Another test available to diagnose dry eyes includes using special dyes in eye drops to check the surface condition of your eyes and how quickly the liquid evaporates from your eyes.
Dry Eye Treatment
Treating the underlying conditions that cause dry eyes is one way to clear up your symptoms. Our optometrist also provides dry eye kits, which can include artificial tears, eyelid cleanser, supplements, and more based on your condition. We can also suggest several medications for dry eye. Another option is a LipiFlow treatment. This uses a special device to heat and massage blockage in the glands that protect your tear film. Our eye doctor will determine what treatment is best for you.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist for Dry Eye Treatment
If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms, we can help. At The Eye Care Center Limited in Addison and Burbank, IL, our eye doctor provides various dry eye treatment methods. Call us today to schedule an appointment.