DRY EYE DISEASE TREATMENT
Having trouble enjoying your new eyewear because of red, itchy, irritated, and dry eyes? Dry eye disease (also known as dry eye syndrome or just “dry eye”) is incredibly common, and very treatable, if you know what to look for and how to address it. Luckily, we have plenty of experience with this condition, and we’ll provide the treatments you need to improve both your vision and overall eye health.
What Is Dry Eye?
What Is Dry Eye?
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors. Tear glands can be damaged from various infections, diseases, some medications, and even just aging. Your tears may evaporate faster if you live in a drier climate. Poor tear quality is often linked to tear gland disorders, which can be caused by infection or simply not practicing proper eyelid hygiene.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Dry eye can bring on a whole host of symptoms: eye pain: burning, stinging, aching, or itching, grittiness in your eyes, excessive mucus or watery eyes, fatigued and heavy-feeling eyes, eye redness, difficulty with eyewear, especially contacts, trouble seeing in high and low-light conditions, and blurry vision.
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How Do We Treat Dry Eye at Eyes on Trade?
At Eyes on Trade, we usually start dry eye treatment with artificial tears, daily eyedrops that hydrate your eyes, and small-but-targeted adjustments to your lifestyle that can address the underlying causes of dry eye. This combination is a good starting place: at the very least, it will help alleviate your dry eye, and often, this is all the treatment our patients need. For more severe cases, we offer progressive treatment options. If artificial tears and minor lifestyle adjustments aren’t effective, we can move on to more powerful, medicated eye drops, and in some cases we’ll advise punctal plugs, which re-establish healthy tears in your eyes.
Dry eye prevention can be as simple as changing your environment: avoid windy, dry, and smoky places. Small behavioral changes can make a big difference too, especially if you spend a lot of your day in sunlight or looking at screens. Take breaks during eye-intensive tasks and consider using protective eyewear. We also recommend trying your best to stay healthy overall. Make sure your diet covers all essential nutrients, drink plenty of water, and get the rest you need. To tackle dry eye, call (336) 727-3727 or schedule an appointment.
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