How to Heal your Dry Eye Condition
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
Dry eye is one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye doctor. Without an eye exam, many dry eye cases go undiagnosed, leaving individuals suffering for no reason. Dry eye is typically the result of a tear duct system that has failed to work normally. Tears are an amazing substance that works to lubricate the eye and make it feel comfortable. They have a special mix of ingredients including mucus, antibodies, water, and oils. Here’s what you need to know about dry eye and how you can soothe your dry eye pain.
Dry eye symptoms
If you experience a gritty feeling or feel like something is in your eye much of the time, you might have dry eye. Itching, redness, blurry vision, and light sensitivity also typify dry eye. Interestingly, dry eye can sometimes generate too many tears. This occurs when there is insufficient moisture to lubricate the eye. In response, a distress call is sent to the nervous system, which signals for an overabundance of tears to be delivered to your eye. These types of tears are mostly water and lack the other essential ingredients that make tears special like oils, mucus, and antibodies.
In addition to a nonworking tear duct system, dry eye can be caused by aging, the side effects of specific drugs like antihistamines, diseases that hurt your ability to generate tears or issues that don’t allow the eyelid to fully close. Depending on your situation, your eye doctor will prescribe the best method of treatment.
Artificial tears are the most common form of treatment for dry eye. In many cases, the right eye drops help immediately and provide a long-term solution. You will want to try more than one brand of artificial tears to determine which ones feel the best to your eyes. In more severe cases the following treatment may be used: temporary punctal occlusion, nondissolving punctual plugs, punctal occlusion by cautery, or other procedures.
Arrange a consultation
If you exhibit any of the symptoms of dry eye, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Shammas Eye Medical Center today. You can reach our office at 310-638-9391 (Lynwood), 562-862-4444 (Downey), 562-690-8887 (La Habra), or 562-464-0590 (Whittier) in Southern California.
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