What’s the Matter with Dry Eyes?
Dry eye disease is an eye condition that affects more than 16 million Americans, not accounting for people who suffer the symptoms without being diagnosed or seeking treatment.
It might seem like a small thing—so your eyes are dry, what’s the big deal? But dry eye disease includes a group of symptoms, ranging from slightly irritating to serious health concerns.
When your eyes are irritated or uncomfortable, they can clash with everyday tasks. However, your eye condition shouldn’t be in the driver’s seat. You can take back control with dry eye therapy.
Managing dry eyes can be frustrating and confusing—but you don’t need to suffer. Your optometrist can work with you to treat your dry eyes. Start seeing comfortably with the help of Pacific Pier Optometry.
What Makes Your Eyes Dry?
While temporary dry eyes might be caused by a sleepless night or a gust of the Santa Anas, dry eye disease is related to tear production. So although you might cry from joy or sadness, tears are also crucial for protecting your visual system.
When you produce too few tears or poor-quality tears, your eyes don’t receive the lubrication and nourishment necessary for normal function. Too few tears can damage your eyes and impair vision.
The most common symptoms of dry eye disease include:
- Dry eyes
- Watery eyes
- Eye fatigue
- Stringy mucus
- Blurred vision
- Eyes feeling heavy
- A sensation of sand in the eye
- Difficulty with prolonged visual activities
If you experience an increase in symptoms, discomfort, or new symptoms, you should see your optometrist to discuss your eye care.
Curious if you have dry eye? Take our Quiz
Treating Dry Eyes
Your treatment options for dry eye will depend on the cause and the symptoms. Your eye doctor might recommend artificial tears or prescription medication for less severe dry eyes.
Lifestyle changes can also improve tear quality and production. Drinking more water, getting enough sleep, or using a humidifier can help. If digital eye strain is causing dry eyes, you might decrease screen time. It’s also wise to avoid smoke, dust, wind, or air conditioning, which can aggravate the condition.
If your dry eyes persist, we may recommend other methods, including tear duct plugs or surgery to alter tear drainage.
Regular eye exams help your optometrist understand your unique eye care needs. If you have dry eyes, don’t put up with it. Pacific Pier Optometry works with you to restore your comfortable vision.
Not a Dry Eye in the House
Your eyes deserve to feel their best. Most symptoms of dry eye disease can be easily managed. We’re here to make eye care comfortable and worry-free. Talk to us about your eye concerns, and we can personalize our approach to fit your lifestyle.
Come on over to Pacific Pier Optometry to find your dry eye solution.
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