Dry Eye Treatment Provided by a Stratford and Bridgeport, CT Optometry Specialist
Dry eye doesn't seem like much of an issue more so than just discomfort, but in some cases, it can interfere with your ability to see. And who really wants to feel an uncomfortable feeling like something is gritty in their eyes? At Family Vision Center, serving Stratford, Bridgeport, and the surrounding areas, we offer treatment for this particular issue.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is actually a common occurrence. People experience dry eyes when their eyes don't have enough lubrication. Either they aren't the right consistency to properly hydrate your eyes, or you don't produce a satisfactory amount of tears.
When you have dry eye syndrome, it causes discomfort. You might notice your eyes stinging or burning. Other possible symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Scratchy sensation
- Stringy mucus
- Light sensitivity
- Eye redness
- Watery eyes
- Difficulty seeing at night to drive
- Feeling like something is in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact
- Blurred vision
- Chronic eye fatigue
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
Your tears are comprised of water, mucus, and fatty oils, and if they're not at the right balance, you may develop dry eye. Dry eyes can occur from decreased tear production or an increase in tear evaporation. Aging can bring about dry eye and so can medical conditions like lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. A vitamin deficiency can also lead to dry eye. After laser eye surgery, you may develop dry eye. It's also possible to have dry eye as the result of medications like some hypertension medications.
If you're a woman or wear contacts, you're more at risk for dry eye. Environmental factors like smoke can lead to temporary dry eye.
How Our Optometrist Can Help?
The first step our optometrist takes is to diagnose your issues as dry eyes. Often, just letting our optometrist know your symptoms is enough to diagnose your dry eyes. Other times, our optometry specialist may need to perform an examination of your eye to look for any signs of visible issues. LipiView is a great innovative new tool that is used to detect the level of a patient’s dry eye. We may measure the volume of your tears as well as analyze the quality of your tears.
Treatment usually consists of eye drops that moisturize your eyes. Another option is LipiFlow. LipiFlow is a treatment device designed for effectively removing blockages from meibmamian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film.
We may recommend diet changes to ensure your dry eyes aren't from a vitamin deficiency. We may use inserts or prescribe a tear-stimulating medication. We can also advise you on the best contacts for dry eyes.