DRY EYE

Dry eye disease occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears, produce poor quality tears, or both. It is very common and symptoms include: 
 

  • Burning, stinging sensation

  • Scratchy or gritty feeling like something is in your eye

  • Presence of strings of mucus or pus in or around your eyes

  • Red, irritated eyes, especially when you are in the wind or near cigarette smoke

  • It is uncomfortable to wear contact lenses, or your wearing time is less

  • Excessive tearing

  • Blurred, inconsistent vision, especially after prolonged use and near work

Dry eye tends to become more frequent as we get older, and is more commonly seen in women than men, especially after menopause. 

 

Other causes of dry eye include:
 

  • Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, thyroid disease, and lupus

  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)

  • Being in a smoky, windy, or very dry climate, including sleeping with ceiling fans

  • Prolonged or excessive contact lens use

  • Having refractive eye surgery, such as LASIK

  • Using some eye drops and artificial tears with preservatives

  • Taking certain medications, such as diuretics for blood pressure, antihistamines, antidepressants, sleeping pills, and anxiety medications

 

Your ophthalmologist can determine whether or not you have dry eyes and the severity of the disease by an examination and special testing performed in the clinic. 

 

Treatment of dry eye disease can be manifold and may include:
 

  • Artificial tears (often without preservatives)

  • Punctal plugs—these are small devices inserted into the tear ducts in a simple office procedure to make more of your natural tears available to wet the eye

  • Prescription medications to help your eyes produce more tears, including Restasis

  • Blepharitis management

  • Vitamin supplements, such as Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Advice on changing your home and work environment to alleviate dry eye symptoms

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Round Rock, Texas  78681

 

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