Dry eye syndrome impacts millions of Americans annually. The condition occurs when the tear production in your eyes is insufficient and cannot keep your eyes moist enough. If you have dry eye, you typically exhibit various uncomfortable symptoms and condition can cause vision loss. Our optometrist at Greater New Orleans Eye Care in Marrero, LA, can provide a diagnosis and treatment that can alleviate your symptoms.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eye syndrome varies in patients, but typically feels as if there is something stuck in your eye. In addition to this, you may also experience the symptoms such as the following:
- Burning or stinging in your eye
- Gritty, sandy, or scratchy feeling in your eye
- Blurry vision
- Itchy eyes
- Sensitivity to light
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eyes can be caused by a variety of factors. You may not produce enough quality tears due to the following:
- Hormonal changes
- Inflamed eyelid glands
- Autoimmune disease
However, for some, a dry or itchy eye is due to decreased tear production and an increased rate of tears evaporating.
Who is Most at Risk of Developing a Dry Eye Condition?
The condition can occur in anyone; however, certain individuals are more vulnerable to dry eye: Some of these include:
- Women and individuals 50 years of age or older
- Those who wear contact lenses often or regularly
- People who spend long hours working or playing on their smartphone, tablet, or computer
- Individuals who have chronic autoimmune disorders or diseases, such as Sjogren Syndrome or lupus
- Individuals with a diet that has a vitamin A or omega-3 fatty acid deficiency
Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye
Before you can achieve relief from dry eye, the condition has to be diagnosed with a comprehensive eye exam. The exam includes painless drops that dilate and widen your pupils, which provides our optometrist with a clear view of the inner parts of your eye.
Treatment for dry eyes include the following:
- OTC lubrication drops that help with insufficient tear production
- Modifying your lifestyle and environment. Some of these changes may include limiting screen time, drinking more water, and avoiding wind, smoke, and air conditioning
Contact us for Treatment Today
To learn about the treatments that we offer for dry eye, contact Greater New Orleans Eye Care in Marrero, LA, at (504) 348-2993. We would be delighted to provide you with addition details and set you up with your first appointment with our optometrist. Our team looks forward to improving your eye health!