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Dry eyes are becoming a common problem in the adult population, due to a number of factors. The condition, often referred to as “dry eye syndrome,” cause a gritty feeling in the eyes, burning, redness, a sensation like a foreign object in the eyes, difficulty wearing contact lenses, stringy discharge, and redness. It can also cause blurry vision and difficulty with night driving. Fortunately, a number of treatments are available to manage this condition. The optometrists at Eyes on Henry can provide diagnosis and treatment of dry eye problems.
Tears are composed of water, oils, mucous and proteins that help to keep the eye surface moist. Individuals may experience insufficient moisture due to a number of different factors. Aging can cause a reduction in the number of tears produced. Certain medications can cause dryness of the eyes. Medical conditions can affect the production of tears. Staring at computer or smartphone screens for long periods of time can cause decreased blinking, which prevents the normal spreading of moisture over the eye.
Determining the right treatment for dry eye syndrome is determined by the severity of the problem. Minor issues with dry eyes can be remedied by the use of over-the-counter artificial tears products. Ointments are also available to allow compounds to stay in contact with the eye surface for a longer period of time. Prescription dry eye medications are also available. Reducing computer screen time or taking time to do blinking exercises throughout the day can also improve the condition.
Warm compresses on the eyes can also help. If the source of the problems is the medication an individual is taking, a different type of drug may be prescribed. Tiny devices that are the size of a grain of rice, called punctual plugs, can be inserted in the tear ducts to reduce drainage, to keep tears on the eye surface longer. Other devices are used that stimulate tear production and improve the ability to hold moisture on the eye surface. Your optometrist can advise you on the best methods for your needs.
The optometrists and staff at Eyes on Henry believe your vision care is of primary importance to your health and well being. We offer a wide range of eye care services, including treatment of eye diseases, such as chronic dry eyes. Call Eyes on Henry today at 864-585-0208 to learn the options for treatment of your chronic dry eye problems.