Dry eyes often seem like a minor concern. However, if you experience chronic dry eye, speaking to your optometrist is essential. We treat dry eye and other conditions at Elite Vision Eyecare in Maywood, NJ.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
The most common dry eye symptoms are itching, burning, and redness. Other symptoms include:
- Feeling like something is in the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Watery eyes
- Difficulty producing tears when crying
When to Seek Treatment
You can often treat mild dry eye at home with artificial tear eyedrops and limiting screen time. However, you'll need to visit the optometrist if you frequently experience dry eye or your symptoms don't improve with over-the-counter eyedrops.
You should also make an appointment if you don't know why you have a dry eye or haven't had a recent eye exam. A dry eye can cause damage to the eyes if it becomes advanced. It can damage the front part of your eye, and cause ulcers and scars on the surface of your eye, so you should take it seriously.
Treatment for Dry Eye
The treatment for dry eye starts with an eye exam and a medical history. Our optometrist will discuss any medical issues and medications you take, because this can cause dry eye. The best treatment depends on the underlying cause of your dry eye.
Prescription Eye Drops
Two types of prescription eye drops can be helpful, depending on the cause of your dry eye. Some increase tear production, reducing the risk of damage to your eyes and decreasing dry eye symptoms. This medication can take a few months to work, however.
Corticosteroid eye drops can also help. These drops reduce inflammation in the eyes, and increase tear production. These are ideal for short-term use.
The most common medical procedure for dry eyes is tear duct plugs. Specific procedures allow the eyes' natural tears to remain in the eye. They are typically removable and used as a short-term solution. However, there is a permanent version for severe dry eye.
We can use the meibomian gland expression if inadequate oil secretions cause dry eye. The gland expression allows the eyes' natural oil to flow again.
In addition to prescription treatments, you can try lifestyle treatments. For example, you can purchase goggles that seal in moisture. You can wear these at night to avoid unwanted attention, and rehydrate the eyes. You can also use compresses. Increasing the humidity in your home can also be beneficial.
Dry Eye Treatment at Elite Vision Eyecare
If you are experiencing dry eye, or have another eye or vision concern, visit an eye doctor at Elite Vision Eyecare today. We are conveniently located in Maywood, NJ. Our services include dry eye treatment, medical eye care, and vision correction. Call our office at (201) 845-4700 to schedule an appointment.