Dry Eye

Dry Eye: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Each time we blink, our eyes are bathed with cleansing, soothing tears. In addition to lubricating the cornea, tears wash away debris and protect the cornea from abrasions and infection. Your optometry experts at Albuquerque Vision Care and Advanced Eyewear know that any disruption in that protective tear film can lead to the gritty discomfort of Dry Eye Syndrome and if you have it then we're ready to help.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is usually caused by a problem with the way our eyes produce tears. Either the amount of tears we produce is insufficient to adequately protect our corneas, or we make enough tears but their quality is not sufficient to get the job done.

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Dry Eye

Everyone is at risk for developing dry eye, especially those who work long hours on computers or in dry, windy environments. Additional risk factors include:

  • Disease: Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disease contribute
  • Medications: Antihistamines, antidepressants and blood pressure meds can dry the eye
  • Age: Our eyes produce fewer tears as we age
  • Work environment and habits: Poor lighting, overhead fans

Typical symptoms of dry eye include scratchiness and grittiness. Additional symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Tired eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning

Dry Eye Diagnosis

Your optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye examination which includes discussing your symptoms, medications you take, pertinent family history as well as perform any specific testing needed to evaluate the severity of your dry eye.

Dry Eye Treatment

Once the extent of your dry eyes has been determined, your optometry doctor will design a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Treatment may include:

  • Eye drops that increase tear production
  • Preservative-free drops that add tears
  • Antibiotics to treat any infection
  • Tear duct plugs

Eyecare in Albuquerque

Dry eye can affect your work performance, reading enjoyment, and sports participation. If you or a loved one suffer from dry eye, call our knowledgeable staff at Albuquerque Vision Care and Advanced Eyewear at 505-332-2020 today. Your vision matters to us.

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