We all know what a dry eye can feel like from time to time. However, if you’ve been noticing that your eyes have been more dry than lubricated most of the time, it may be a sign of something more serious going on. There are many different reasons why your eyes might become chronically dry, and the optometrists at Houston Eye Doctor can walk you through each one. Then, they can discuss multiple treatment options to get your eyes feeling back to normal!
If you have questions about dry eye syndrome, contact a Houston Eye Doctor professional now!
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
There are a lot of additional symptoms to dry eye syndrome than, well, dry eyes. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Stinging mucus in or around your eyes
- Eye redness
- Difficulty driving at night
- Stringing, burning, scratching sensation in the eyes
- Difficulty putting in and wearing contact lenses
Why Does Dry Eye Syndrome Occur?
There are a lot of different reasons you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Here are some of its causes:
- You started taking new medications. If you’re on antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, or blood pressure medications, you may notice a decrease in eye lubrication.
- You’re surrounded by environmental irritants. This includes wind, smoke, and dry climates. All of these things could make your tear evaporation rate increase and leave your eyes drier.
- Aging. As you get older, your eye naturally begins to develop less and less lubrication. If you’re over the age of 65, this may be the cause of your dry eye syndrome.
- You’re a woman. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives, and menopause.
How Can Houston Eye Doctor Treat My Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that goes over the history of your eye and general bodily health. Your doctor may want to take a volume of your tears to see if you’re producing less than normal. They do this using a Schirmer test, in which little pieces of blotting paper is placed under your eyelids. A doctor can also perform tests to look at the quality of your tears using special eyedrops.
Generally, the best treatment for dry eye syndrome is over-the-counter eyedrops, or artificial tears. However, if your dry eye syndrome is caused by another underlying condition, you may have to seek treatment for that condition as well. A doctor can prescribe medication to help reduce eyelid and cornea inflammation. A doctor can also guide you through using an eye insert, which works like artificial tears but dissolves over the eye over time.
However, if your dry eye symptoms do become more serious, there are surgical procedures that can help. These include closing your tear ducts to decrease tear loss, unblocking oil glands around your eyes, or undergoing light therapy and eyelid massages.
No matter what treatment you need, Houston Eye Doctor is here to help you through it all. Each of our locations is set up with state-of-the-art technology and equipment in order to give you the care you need. We offer in-house procedures and consultations and want to provide you with the highest-quality service every time you step into our offices around Houston, Lubbock, and Odessa!
In need of dry eye syndrome treatment? Contact Houston Eye Doctor today to make an appointment at one of our offices!