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Dry Eye

Dry Eye Treatment From Our Optometrist

Just like our mouths, our eyes never run out of tears. You cry tears of joy and tears of pain. Tears offer lubrication and moisture to help you see clearly and comfortably. Tears are usually made of significant components like oils, water, mucus, and antibodies to prevent infections.

When your eye goes dry, they may not be able to function normally, and you may end up having discomforts such as redness, itchiness, blurry vision, or that feeling like there is something in your eye. If you suspect that your eyes are dry, feel free to see our optometrist in Longmont, CO who can diagnose and treat your eyes. 

man rubbing his eyes because of dry eye syndrome

What is dry eye?

Dry eye syndrome, dry eye disease, or simply" dry eye" is a common eye condition where a person's eyes lack enough quality tears to nourish and lubricate the eye. Tears are an essential component of maintaining proper health of the eye for clear vision. This condition is a chronic problem, particularly in senior adults. Every time you blink, tears spread across the front part of your eyes to wash away foreign matter and other infection-causing agents. They also help keep the eye surface clear and smooth.

What causes dry eye?

Dry eyes can develop due to many factors. Sometimes it could be a lack of balance in your tear flow system, your ever-running fan, heater or air conditioner or the natural environment. Some of the common causes include:   

  • The natural aging mainly menopause
  • side effects of drugs especially antihistamines
  • health conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and
  • thyroid problems      
  • exposure to wind, smoke, and dry climates      
  • long term use of contact lenses and surgeries

Symptoms of a dry eye

The most common sign of dry eye is the foreign body sensation--that feeling like there is something in your eye. Ironic as it may seem, watery eyes are also a sign of dry eyes. Sometimes, dry eyes are caused by overstimulation of the watery component that makes up tears. Other symptoms of dry eye include:      

  • Sore eyes     
  • burning sensation     
  • heavy eyes
  • aching sensations    
  • red eyes      
  • blurred vision   
  • fatigued eyes    
  • dryness sensation    
  • photophobia 
  • sore eyes

Additionally, dry eyes can cause inflammation and if not treated early can cause permanent eye damage to the entire surface of the eye.

Call Eagle Vision Eye Clinic Today!

Dry eyes are commonly chronic. Your optometrist can examine, diagnose, and prescribe treatment to help keep your eyes moist, nourished, and healthy. When you visit Eagle Vision Eye Clinic, we will customize your treatment plan like adding tears, wearing contact lenses or sunglasses, and taking nutritional supplements based on your condition. If you are a regular user of contact lenses, and your eyes feel dry, you don't need to stop using; our optometrist in Longmont, CO can perform contact lens exam and determine what will work best for you. Need an eye exam? We can help. Contact us today!