Dry eye syndrome is a condition that affects millions of US citizens, causing discomfort and vision problems. Due to aging or a medical condition, your eyes may not produce enough tears as they should be, and you may begin to have symptoms linked to dry eye syndrome. The symptoms cause eye irritation to the point where it negatively impacts your daily activities.
Unfortunately, if dry eye syndrome is left untreated, it can cause other complications. Luckily, at Legacy Optical, serving Hampton Bays and Suffolk County, we offer the testing and treatment options you need to effectively manage dry eye syndrome.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
It's a condition when your eyes produce inadequate tears for lubrication. With insufficient tears, your eyes fail to prevent dust and other particles from getting into your eyes, which leads to eye irritation and discomfort.
Symptoms of Dry Eyes
Symptoms of dry eyes vary from patient to patient. That's why it's essential to see our eye doctor for a proper diagnosis. Dry eye syndrome may affect one or both of your eyes. Common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Redness in the eyes
- Watery eyes
- Burning, scratchy, or stinging sensation
- Light sensitivity
- Stringy mucus around or in the eyes
- Difficulty driving at night
- Eye fatigue or blurred vision
- Difficulty putting on contact lenses
Causes and Risk Factors
Common causes and risk factors for dry eye syndrome include:
- Exposure to wind, dust, smoke, or dry climates
- Certain medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, and blood pressure medication
- Medical conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
- Eyelid shapes
- Previous eye surgeries
- Gender — women are more likely to have dry eye syndrome due to hormonal changes
- Digital screens, especially staring at your computer, TV, or cell phone for long periods of time
Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment
Our optometrist will diagnose dry eye syndrome during an eye exam. If necessary, our eye doctor may conduct further tests, including the use of dyes, osmolarity, and Schirmer. There are several treatment plans for treating dry eye syndrome. The treatments help reduce discomfort and keep your eyes healthy. Common treatment plans to manage dry eyes include:
- Using eye drops to increase moisture in your eyes
- Use of medications
- Lacrimal plugs that block the holes of your cornea to preserve the natural tears
- Surgery to unblock clogged glands
Besides the treatment, our eye doctor will recommend a self-eye care routine to reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome.
Visit Us for Professional Eye Care from Our Hampton Bays Optometrist
If you experience any symptoms of dry eye syndrome, book an appointment with our eye doctor at Legacy Optical today.