Dry Eye Treatment in Dallas
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye, also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is an eye condition that occurs when the tear ducts don’t produce the sufficient quality or amount of tears needed to lubricate the eyes. Tears not only provide nutrients to cells in the cornea of the eye, supporting overall eye health, but are also necessary in order to prevent the eye from infection and keep its surface washed and clear of foreign particles so that a person can see clearly.
Though dry eye is common and typically a benign (though uncomfortable) eye condition, it may also be caused by more serious underlying conditions like diabetes and thyroid dysfunction. If you experience chronically dry eyes, make an appointment with one of Saland Vision’s eye care professionals so that they can give you a thorough examination and provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment options.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by many factors, including the slowed tear production that results as part of the aging process. Women who experience hormone changes during pregnancy or menopause often develop dry eyes as a result. Certain medications, including blood pressure medicine and oral contraceptives, can also cause dry eyes as a side effect. Contact lens wearers, particularly those who wear lenses long term, often experience dry eye, either temporarily or chronically. Other environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to dry eye include constant exposure to controlled environments that use air conditioning and heat, and staring at a computer screen or digital device for uninterrupted periods of time.
How is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
A proper diagnosis of dry eye and any of its underlying causes can only be made through a comprehensive eye exam performed by a trained eye doctor. The eye care professionals of Saland Vision recommend that you make an appointment if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Eye pain and/or redness
- Stinging or burning sensation in the eye
- Heavy eyelids
- Blurred vision
- Eye irritation/feeling like something is in your eye
- Discomfort wearing contact lenses
- Eye fatigue
- Excess tearing followed by periods of dryness in the eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Mucus in or around the eyes
- Difficulty crying
What Treatments are Available for Dry Eye?
Since the causes of dry eye are many, a variety of treatments are used to manage this condition. Depending on the severity of the condition, our eye doctors at Saland Vision may prescribe eye drops or ointments that promote tear production and reduce eye inflammation. In chronic and/or severe cases, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that blocks the tear ducts and prevents them from draining tears may also be recommended. To learn more about this and other dry eye treatments, schedule an appointment with a Saland Vision eye doctor.
Get Your Eyes Checked and Discuss Treatment Options
If you are tired of your eyes being uncomfortably dry and irritated no matter how many eye drops you use, we can help you find relief using one of our treatment options. For a thorough exam and a treatment tailored to fit your needs, contact Saland Vision today.