Many people experience dry eye on a daily basis. Long term exposure to a computer screen at work, having a medical condition that causes dry eye, or simply due to aging can impact the way our eyes naturally produce tears. Luckily, this irritating eye condition can easily be treated. Our doctor of optometry at Family Vision Clinic Farmington in Farmington, MN can evaluate your dry eye and prescribe a dry eye treatment plan. Below, let's take a closer look at what dry eye is and how it is commonly treated.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition in which the eye either does not have enough tears to produce or the tears that are produced are of poor quality. There are several reasons why someone may experience dry eye. Allergies, long screen exposure, laser eye surgery, and medical conditions like diabetes and thyroid disorders can cause dry eye. Sometimes, a person's tear duct can become impacted or damaged, preventing a steady flow of tear production. Tears are a mixture of oil, mucus, and water produced from glands within the body. If something happens to the gland that either blocks the production of oil and mucus or alters the composition of the tear, dry eye can occur.
What Are Dry Eye Symptoms?
The most common symptom of dry eye is a very dry, sand-like or scratchy sensation within the eye. People report feeling the sensation when they blink or move the eye around. Sometimes, people report having a stringy, mucus like substance accumulating in the eyelid. Another common symptom of dry eye is red, irritated, or tired eyes. People may experience difficulty wearing contact lenses or even driving at night.
How is Dry Eye Treated?
Depending on the severity of your dry eye, there are several treatment methods. Most commonly, lubrication eye drops can be prescribed to help rehydrate the eye. In cases where dry eye is caused by compromised tear ducts, surgery can be performed to repair the tear duct or add an artificial duct to help facilitate the flow of natural tears again.
Family Vision Clinic Farmington cares about the overall health of your eyes. We offer a range of optometry services including solutions to help correct and live with dry eye. Our office is centrally located at 19645 Pilot Knob Road, Suite 106, Farmington, MN, 55024. To learn more about dry eye treatment or to make an appointment, call our optometry office today at 651-463-2020.