Dry eye occurs when our eyes don’t produce enough high-quality tears or if they evaporate too quickly, which can make them sting and cause discomfort. Along with that, the condition can happen in those who wear contact lenses or certain autoimmune diseases. At Burd's Eye View, PC, in Farmington, MO, we provide eye exams to learn more about your eye health and treatment to alleviate any uncomfortable symptoms.
Dry Eye Symptoms
If you have dry eye, you may exhibit a variety of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include the following
• Eye pain
• Blurry vision
• Light sensitivity
• Halos around lights
• Eye discharge
Diagnosing Dry Eyes
Our optometrist will perform an eye exam to determine whether you have dry eyes or if may be another issue. We’ll also speak with you about your symptoms and when they occur. Then, our eye doctor may perform tests that evaluate your tear volume and quality. Once we identify the cause of your symptoms, we’ll recommend a treatment plan.
Treatment for Dry Eye
There are various treatments available for dry eye. Our optometrist may suggest the following:
• Self-Care: Dry eyes are often treated through self-care, over-the-counter eye drops, and lifestyle changes. Tear care may involve using nonprescription artificial tears, ointments, or behavioral modifications, such as avoiding smoke and wind. If the self-care treatments do not provide relief, other methods may be needed.
• Medications: Our eye doctor may prescribe eye drops, nasal sprays, and oral medications, including antibiotics, to ease your symptoms.
• Contact Lenses: For those who wear contact lenses, switching to lenses that protect the eyes and provide moisture can be effective.
• Punctal Plugs and Surgery: Some patients benefit from small plugs that are inserted into the tear ducts that keep their tears from draining. Additionally, the physical structure of the eye can cause dry eye problems. Our eye doctor can recommend surgery that can change the shape of the eyelid and reduce your discomfort.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye, let our team at Burd’s Eye View help. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule your appointment, contact us at (573) 454-2940 today. When you need an optometrist near me, we look forward to assisting you. Our optometry also serves Farmington, Bonne Terre, Park Hill, Desloge, and Fredericktown, MO!