There are many medical conditions that can affect the eyes, and some are more bothersome than others. A common complaint in patients is that of dry eye, a specific eye condition that results in reduced tear production that can cause the eyes to become dried out and irritated. Getting a proper diagnosis and following recommended treatment options are the first steps in learning more about the management of this and other vision concerns.
What is dry eye?
Drs. John A. Stefano and Michael Bert of Shenandoah LASIK and Cataract Center describe dry eye as a medical condition where the eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears that are produced do not have the proper composition to keep the eyes lubricated and comfortable. This can lead to various symptoms, such as redness, irritation, excessive tearing, blurry vision, and even pain in severe cases.
What can cause dry eye?
There are several potential causes of dry eye, including aging, certain medications, hormonal changes (such as during menopause), and medical conditions like thyroid issues or autoimmune diseases. Environmental factors can also play a role, such as living in a dry or windy climate or spending too much time on the computer or phone.
What are some treatment options for dry eye?
Treating dry eye involves addressing any underlying causes and managing symptoms with artificial tears or medications. It is important to see a doctor if you suspect you may have dry eye, as it can worsen over time.
What are some tips and recommendations for managing dry eye?
Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in managing dry eye. This includes:
- Using a humidifier in your home
- Avoiding smoke and air pollutants
- Taking breaks from screen time
- Wearing sunglasses to protect against wind and sun
- Using preservative-free artificial tears
- Drinking plenty of water
- Eating a well-balanced diet with omega-3 fatty acids
How do I learn more about dry eye?
If you suspect you have dry eye or have already received a diagnosis and are interested in learning more about treatment options, call the team at Shenandoah LASIK and Cataract Center in Winchester, VA, by calling 540-722-6200. Drs. John A. Stefano and Michael Bert work directly with patients to help get them a definitive diagnosis of their condition and discuss possible treatment solutions available.