Dry eyes are very common. However, when the condition persists, it can take a significant toll on your quality of life. Fortunately, Dr. John Belardo provides diagnosis and treatment for dry eyes. Left untreated, dry eye syndrome can result in eye infection, corneal abrasions, and difficulty reading or performing other up-close tasks. During an evaluation, an eye care specialist will examine your eyes and determine an effective treatment plan to restore your comfort and ocular health.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eye symptoms can include:
- Burning or aching sensations
- Mucous clumping along the eyelashes
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Extreme dryness
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome can develop as a result of:
- Environmental factors such as living in a dry climate, and exposure to smoke and wind
- Taking medications such as antidepressants, blood pressure medication, and antihistamines
- Being over age 65 – in fact, most men and women over the age of 65 experience some symptoms of dry eye syndrome
- Using birth control pills
- Long-term use of contact lenses
Treating Dry Eye Syndrome
There are several ways to treat dry eye syndrome, ranging from simple to extensive. For mild cases of the condition, over-the-counter artificial tears can often provide relief. In more advanced cases, your doctor may recommend blocking the tear ducts to prevent excessive drainage. This can be accomplished either through the use of tiny punctal plugs, or through a minor surgery. If you do not produce a sufficient amount of tears, your doctor may recommend taking prescription eye drops that promote tear production.
Meanwhile, you can take simple measures in your day-to-day life to prevent dry eye syndrome. These include wearing sunglasses outdoors, taking periodic breaks from looking at computer screens for long periods, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Although dry eye syndrome can make day-to-day life difficult, it is very treatable. An eye care specialist will conduct an in-depth eye exam and a review of your medical history and current medications to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. You can depend on Advanced Laser and Cataract Center to help you find a solution that allows you experience the comfort, health, and visual acuity you deserve. Schedule an evaluation today!