Dry Eyes

Dry eye is one of the most common, yet bothersome eye conditions. It causes a wide range of symptoms that can include blurry vision, burning, watery eyes, or the sensation of sand or grittiness in the eyes. Dry eye is the most common reason for people to discontinue contact lens wear as well. It can be an all-around uncomfortable condition that affects your daily life.

There are multiple layers to the tear film and a deficiency in the quality or quantity of the layers can result in chronic dryness. Eyelid gland health can be another issue causing dry eyes. These glands (called meibomian glands) are responsible to produce the outermost oily layer of tears that helps keep the tears smoothly on the surface. Other dry eye factors can be environmental, allergies, chronic health conditions, or medication side effects.

The most important part of dry eye treatment is to find the cause of the dryness so that an effective method can be used. Treating this root cause is essential to experience relief of symptoms. There are many treatments available, ranging from over-the-counter drops to prescription medications, eyelid treatments, environmental changes, and light therapies. Schedule your eye exam today to see which therapies will provide you the best relief of your symptoms.