Dry eye syndrome is a common condition often accompanied by red eyes that become itchy and uncomfortable. While dry eye is a treatable condition, it can be important to talk to an eye doctor about your symptoms. We at Olympus Vision serve patients in Upper Darby, PA, Drexel Hill, PA, Lansdowne, PA, and Yeadon, PA, who have dry eye syndrome.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye is a condition that causes the eyes not to produce enough moisture. This moisture is important for lubricating the surface of the eye. When your body doesn't produce enough moisture, an optometrist may diagnose you with dry eye syndrome.
Several factors can cause dry eye syndrome, including medications, age, and immune disorders. You may also experience dry eyes if you have allergies or are exposed to certain environmental conditions, like dry wind or dust.
The Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
While having dry eyes is a common symptom of this condition, some of the common symptoms are not as easy to notice. For example, you may experience occasional blurry vision or light sensitivity. You may experience discomfort occasionally when you blink, or you could experience a burning sensation. Some patients express that they suddenly have trouble wearing contacts. If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be important to talk to your optometrist about eye exams.
Dry Eye Treatment & Eye Care
An eye doctor can provide treatment for dry eye syndrome. An eye doctor on our optometry team may recommend frequent eye exams to assess the health of your eyes and the tears they produce. Additionally, an eye doctor on our optometry team can help ensure that the eyeglasses and contacts you're prescribed are appropriate.
In some cases, an eye doctor on our team may recommend eye drops, creams, or ointments. These drops can help reduce dryness and provide relief.
If medications are causing your dry eye syndrome, you may look for alternative options. In some cases, another medication may be available that doesn't cause the same symptoms.
In rare cases, an eye doctor on our team may will recommend inserting a plug into the tear ducts. This closes the ducts to your tears from being too easily depleted.
Contact an Optometrist on Our Optometry Team for Dry Eye Treatment
Whether you wear eyeglasses, contacts, or nothing at all, you could be impacted by dry eye syndrome. Call us at Olympus Vision today to discuss treatment options for patients in Upper Darby, PA, Drexel Hill, PA, Lansdowne, PA, and Yeadon, PA. Call us at (610) 623-0039 for more information about the eye care we can provide.