Understanding Dry Eye
Do you suffer from burning, itchy, or watering eyes? Dry eyes could be the culprit behind your symptoms. At Bernitsky Vision, we know how frustrating dry eye symptoms can be and we offer diagnosis and treatment to manage chronic dry eyes.
Dry Eye Symptoms
If you suffer from frequent dry eyes, you may have dry eye syndrome. Some of the symptoms of dry eyes include:
- A burning or stinging sensation
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes (excessive tearing as an overcompensation for dryness)
- Eyes that feel fatigued or tired
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Stringy eye discharge
What Causes Chronic Dry Eyes?
There is not one singular cause of dry eyes, and this irritating condition can affect anyone. Some risk factors that can increase the likelihood of dry eye symptoms include:
- More than 2 hours per day of screen time
- Aging – dry eyes occur more frequently over age 50
- Dry, windy weather
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Seasonal allergies
Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, lupus, hypertension, diabetes and Meibomian gland dysfunction
Tips to Prevent Dry Eyes
There are several steps that you can take to prevent dry eyes or treat mild dry eye symptoms:
- Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water
- Apply a warm (not hot) compress to the eyes
- Take eye health supplements
- Point fans away from your face
- Use humidifiers at home
- Use over the counter lubricant eye drops
- Make an effort to blink often and look away periodically when working on digital devices
Dry Eye Treatment
If you suffer from dry eye symptoms even after utilizing at-home and over the counter treatments, we can help. Our Albuquerque dry eye specialists offer treatment options for dry eye:
Prescription Eye Drops
When over the counter eye drops fail to keep dry eye symptoms at bay, prescription eye drops may help. Our eye doctors can work with you to find a prescription that restores your eye comfort. RESTASIS® is one prescription eye drop that can be effective in increasing tear production and reducing eye inflammation.
A punctal plug procedure involves inserting tiny devices, also known as tear duct plugs or lacrimal plugs, in your tear ducts in order to keep eyes lubricated by preventing excessive drainage.