Dry Eye Symptoms and Irritations
Many people suffer from dry, itchy eyes. Dry eye develops for two main reasons; either your eyes aren’t producing enough tears, or the tears you produce are low-quality and don’t properly protect your eyes.
At Infinite Eye Care, dry eye is one of the most common challenges for our patients. Our services treat burning, scratchy and irritated eyes. If your eyes remain irritated, it can affect your vision and ability to complete everyday tasks like reading, working on a computer, or even driving.
We provide a comfortable environment for those who suffer from chronic ocular surface diseases, including Dry Eye Syndrome, Blepharitis/Demodex, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Ocular Rosacea, Keratoconus, long tern LASIK/Cataract complication, or recurrent corneal injuries.
Identifying Common Symptoms
Dry Eye Symptom (DES) is an ocular surface condition that causes vision fluctuation and symptoms that impede your quality of life when severe enough. When these symptoms are not treated properly it could lead to contact lens intolerance, eye infections, and decline in vision.
It can be difficult to know if you have chronic vision symptoms or a temporary issue. Take note of how long your symptoms last and their degree of irritation. Symptoms that only last for a few hours are most likely environmental, but long-lasting symptoms indicate a larger problem. Common dry eye symptoms include:
- Stinging, burning, or scratchy eyes
- Visible redness, irritation, or mucus
- Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
- Frequent watering of the eyes
Main Causes of Dry Eye
According to the American Optometric Association, more than 16 million Americans deal with persistent dry eye symptoms. Some develop symptoms due to their genetics, lifestyle, or environment. The most common causes of eye irritations are:
- Environmental irritants
- Blue light exposure
- Contact lenses use
- Systemic health conditions
- Poor Eyelid Hygiene
- Eye Surgeries (LASIK/Cataracts)
- Autoimmune diseases
Oasis Tears is a preservative-free solution for eye dry eye relief. These drops provide additional moisture, lubrication, and comfort. These artificial tears are nontoxic and gentle enough for everyday use.
OptiLight uses short, targeted pulses of light to treat the skin around the eyes, reducing inflammation and improving the function of the meibomian glands. Treatment takes as little as 15 minutes and comes with some huge results like:
- Reduced inflammation and redness around the eyes
- Alleviation of symptoms like stinging, burning, or itching
- Improved production of healthy oils within the eye
- Less need for over-the-counter products and fewer trips to the doctor
Some patients benefit from supplements such as omega-3 to treat inflamed or clogged glands. These can cause faster tear evaporation and dryness. DryEye Omega can help our patients grow healthy tear film and develop healthier tears.
Amniotic Membrane tissue transplants have healing properties for patients with dry eye. The amniotic membrane hosts many stem cells, and their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help treat dry eye.
Plugging the opening of the tear duct with tiny plugs, called Punctal Plugs. These close the punctum of the eye – the tiny opening in the inner corner of the upper and lower lid. This helps sufferers of dry eye conserve both their natural tears and artificial tears.
How Infinite Eye Care Can Help
Infinite Eye Care can help treat dry eye, whether it’s a temporary issue or something that requires long-term treatment. Our optometrist will inspect your eyes, determine the cause, and prescribe the best treatment route. These might include:
When you need care for scratchy, burning, or irritated eyes, turn to Infinite Eye Care. We work to understand your symptoms and design a customized treatment plan.
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