Dry eye is a common condition that affects many people, often without their knowledge. It requires attention, however, and at Walter Eye Clinic, we can diagnose dry eye and offer expertise on the best course of treatment for dry eye tailored to your specific needs.
What Is Dry Eye?
When a person experiences dry eye, they are unable to produce enough lubrication for their eyes due to a lack of quality tears. Dry eye is a common eye condition that most frequently occurs in both eyes. It can result in a higher risk of eye infections as well as damage to the surface of the eye if left untreated.
Dry eye syndrome can also be the result of other factors, such as diet, medication use, hormones, age, the environment in which you live, and more. The good news, however, is that there are a variety of treatment options available for dry eye syndrome.
Signs You May Need Help for Dry Eye
People can struggle with dry eye for years but do not realize they have a problem. This is due to a lack of awareness about dry eye and its possible treatments. If you experience the following symptoms, you may benefit from dry eye treatment:
- Blurred vision
- Red or burning eyes
- The sensation that something scratchy is stuck in your eye
- Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
- Recurring irritation that causes teary eyes
- Stringy mucus surrounding your eyes
Relief from these symptoms is possible. If you have been experiencing dry eye symptoms, our staff at Walter Eye Care is here to help!
How Dry Eye Is Diagnosed
A comprehensive eye exam is the first step in diagnosing dry eye. During this exam, your doctor will be able to get a full picture of your eye health. Your doctor may also perform more tests if dry eye is suspected to rule out other potential causes. These tests can include examining your tear quality, volume, and evaporation rate. The chemical composition of your tears may also be assessed. Once a better picture of the condition is gained along with an assessment of the severity, we will determine the appropriate next steps for treating your dry eye syndrome to alleviate any discomfort.
Treatment Options for Dry Eye
Dry eye can range from a mild annoyance to incredible discomfort depending on the individual. Some people may require chronic dry eye treatment, while others may only need temporary care. If an individual has serious damage to the surface of their eye, that may also require additional attention. These variables make everyone’s dry eye experience different. At our Tinley Park eye care center, we will work with you to determine the best next steps for your unique needs.
Common dry eye treatment options include:
- Over-the-counter dry eye care products, including eye drops
- Tear duct plugs
- Plastic surgery
- Light therapy
Our dry eye treatment is modified for each patient’s specific needs with one end goal in mind: to minimize dryness and discomfort while promoting optimal overall eye health.
If you suspect you may be experiencing dry eye, contact our office to schedule an exam today.