Chronic dry eye is a common condition that not only causes persistent discomfort, but it can also compromise your vision. With chronic dry eye, you do not have enough quality tears to lubricate, nourish and protect your eyes. At our office we’ll perform a comprehensive examination as well as discuss your symptoms and review your medical history to diagnose this condition and recommend an appropriate course of care.
Dry eye can present with a number of unpleasant symptoms; including an itchy, burning sensation, blurred vision, eye fatigue or excessive tearing. There are a number of factors which can contribute to dry eye; certain medications, medical conditions and environmental causes can all play a role. The aging also contributes to the development of dry eye, as the number of tears we produce declines as we get older. Additionally, recent studies show that spending long periods of time looking at a digital screen can be associated with the development of dry eye. It’s wise for computer users and video game afficionados to take breaks and rest their eyes periodically.
Although dry eye rarely causes complications, advanced cases might cause damage to the front surface of the eye. As part of your eye exam, we’ll examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect your cornea. We’ll also perform diagnostic tests to evaluate the quantity and quality of your tears. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye. Artificial tears in the form of eye drops and ointments can help minimize dryness and keep your eyes healthy. Anti-inflammatory eyedrops or medication may be recommended as well as drops that increase tear production. In some cases, a tear duct procedure may be suggested to help conserve natural tears and prevent them from draining away.
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