Find Comfort & Clarity with Dry Eye Therapy
If you suffer from any of these debilitating symptoms, please reach out to our team at Golden Triangle Optometric Center. We’d be happy to investigate the root cause of your dry eyes and recommend a personalized treatment plan to bring you comfort.
The Tear Film’s Role in Dry Eyes
Every time you blink, your tear film spreads across the surface of your eyes. You may not think about your tears very often, but they’re actually pretty essential. They help focus light by keeping your eye surface smooth, protect your eyes from dirt and debris, and hydrate and nourish your eye tissue.
The tear film is made of 3 distinct layers, each of which plays its own important role:
- The inner mucin layer keeps the tear film stuck to the surface of the eyes. It contains mucus produced by the conjunctiva.
- The middle aqueous layer hydrates and nourishes the eye tissues while protecting the eyes from foreign particles. It contains mostly water and is produced by the lacrimal glands.
- The outer lipid layer prevents the tear film from evaporating too quickly and keeps the tears smooth and clear. This oily layer is produced by the meibomian glands.
If any of the 3 layers are unstable, you can develop dry eyes.
Causes of Dry Eye Disease
Health conditions like diabetes, Sjögren’s syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis can cause overall dryness that affects your eyes. Eyelid conditions like blepharitis and gland problems like meibomian gland dysfunction can cause inflammation and blockages that prevent your eyes from producing essential components of the tear film.
Other factors can also contribute to dry eye disease, including:
- Age: Dry eyes are most common in those over 50.
- Hormones: Hormonal changes, such as those experienced during pregnancy or menopause, can cause dryness.
- Medications: Some medicines have ocular side effects. These include cold and allergy medications, beta-blockers, sleeping pills, and heartburn medications, among others.
- Environment: Smoky, windy, dry, or hot climates can make your tears evaporate more quickly.
- Performing close-up tasks: Those who spend more than 2 hours on a computer, reading, or driving can experience dry eyes more often.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease
Dry eyes come with several symptoms, including:
- Scratchy, burning, stinging eyes
- A feeling like something in the eyes
- Red eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Discomfort wearing contact lenses
- Eye fatigue
Treating Dry Eye Disease
- Eye drops: Mild dry eyes can respond well to eye drops. These can be purchased over the counter and without a prescription.
- Medications: Prescription medications to reduce eye inflammation or stimulate tear production can treat underlying conditions and improve symptoms.
- Punctal plugs: These tiny devices (about the size of a grain of rice) are inserted into the tear ducts to prevent your tears from draining too quickly.
- Surgery: Eyelid issues, like if they’re too loose, can cause your tears to drain too quickly. Surgery to fix your eyelids can help improve dry eye symptoms.
- Lifestyle changes: Changing the medications you’re on can sometimes help improve dry eyes. Talk to your doctor if you take medications with ocular side effects. Additionally, if your environment contributes to your dry eyes, making some changes at home can also help:
- Use a humidifier if your home is too dry.
- Don’t sit too close to an air conditioner.
- Avoid going outside on windy or smoky days.
- Take frequent breaks when using a computer for long periods.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
No matter your dry eye cause or symptoms, our team at Golden Triangle Optometry Center is dedicated to providing you with effective relief through a personalized treatment plan. If you suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes, please reach out to us today and book your appointment.
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