Normally your healthy eyes are bathed in tears; they nourish and lubricate the cornea - the front of your eye. In addition to lubricating the eye, tears wash away any foreign matter and reduce the risk of infection and corneal damage. Each blink spreads cleansing tears across the eye surface, then excess tears flow into tear ducts in the eyelid corners, and drain into the back of the nose.
However, dry eye develops when your tear production and tear drainage are no longer in balance. Either the quality of tears you produce is poor, or you are no longer producing enough tears at all. For dry eye treatment, get in touch with our eye doctor in Tupelo.
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
- Tear gland failure
- Aging- tear production slows as we age
- Neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis
- Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome
- Abnormality of the eyelid
- Disease- Thyroid disease and Diabetes contribute to eye disorders like dry eye
- Medications- Blood pressure meds, antihistamines can reduce tear production
- Environment – Dry, smoky or windy conditions, or overhead fans
- Work habits- If you work on a computer, for instance, you blink one-third as often as you should
Symptoms and Signs of Dry Eye
Many people who suffer from dry eye complain of an uncomfortable, gritty feeling in the eyes. They feel like there is a foreign body present- and they rub the eye. Unfortunately, rubbing irritates the eye even more, which makes it redden and become more uncomfortable.
- Other symptoms that may be present include:
- Burning sensation
- Sensitivity to light, particularly sunlight
- Blurring vision in one or both eyes
- Watery eyes
- Eye Fatigue
- Heaviness in the eye
How is Dry Eye Diagnosed and Treated?
Our optometrist in Tupelo, MS will perform a comprehensive eye examination. This examination will include:
- Patient History: Information about your overall health, medications you take, family history and the symptoms you are experiencing.
- A thorough examination of the eye, eyelids, cornea, and evaluation of your visual acuity.
- Measurement of the quality and quantity of the tears you produce.
- Your optometrist may perform other tests based on the findings from the above.
Once Dr. Britt has determined the cause and extent of your dry eye, he will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique case. The goal is to reduce your discomfort, improve your tear production and protect your eyesight.
Contact our Tupelo Optometrist Today for Dry Eye Treatment
Dry Eye Syndrome can affect every aspect of your life; making it difficult to drive, work, (particularly if you work on a computer), and enjoy recreational activities and sports.
If you think you may have Dry Eye, contact L.P.Britt PA Family Optometry in Tupelo, MS for an appointment today. Call us at 662-844-3436, our team is here to help.