Dry Eye Syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions across the United States. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can be very frustrating, and make it difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Whether in the form of an eye allergy, redness & inflammation, or a gland malfunction, a lack or imbalance of tear production will cause your eyes to feel dry, itchy, and gritty. Dry eye syndrome is also often associated with redness, foreign body sensation and excessive tearing (the eye trying to compensate for the dryness).
Understanding Dry Eyes
Symptoms of Dry Eye Include:
Dry eyes feel uncomfortable. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may sting or burn. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours. Signs and symptoms usually affect both eyes and symptoms may include:
- A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue
- Vision Complaints
How is Dry Eye Treated?
Treatments for dry eye are geared toward symptom management. While eye drops are generally the first step in relieving dry eye symptoms, we can utilize various kinds of treatment to ultimately reduce dryness and inflammation. Many of our patients who have struggled with dry eye disease for years have found long lasting and effective treatment. Our advanced and cutting edge diagnostic technologies along with Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski’s expertise in the field brings a superior approach for the management and treatment of dry eyes.
Talk to Us About Your Dry Eyes TODAY!
If you have been using over the counter eye drops for dry eye relief, don’t delay receiving a professional diagnosis and treatment from Lifetime Eyecare. Call today to schedule an appointment with us: 616-457-0760.