Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC
Ophthalmology & Eye Surgery located in Trappe, North Wales, Hatboro, Bethlehem, & Levittown, PA
Dry eyes may not sound that serious, but the constant irritation, discomfort, and excess tearing can seriously impact your quality of life if you have the condition. The exceptional eye doctors at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC understand the frustration of dry eye and can help relieve your symptoms. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Trappe, North Wales, Hatboro, Bethlehem, and Levittown, Pennsylvania, or the counties of Montgomery, Bucks, or Northampton, schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more about diagnosing and treating dry eye.
Dry Eyes Q & A
What is dry eye?
Dry eye is a common condition in which your eyes don’t produce enough tears, causing irritation and discomfort. Also known as chronic dry eye (CDE), dry eye develops when there are drainage problems in your eye, or there’s an imbalance in the natural production of tears.
When you blink, you spread tears across your cornea that flow into the inner corner of the eye. The tears lubricate the surface of your eye, washing away dirt and keeping your eyes clear of infections, then draining away through your tear ducts into your nose and throat.
If you have dry eye, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Red eyes
- Irritation in the eyes
- Burning or scratching sensation in the eyes
- Tired, gritty eyes
- Frequently feeling as though there’s something in your eye
- Excessively watery eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
Dry eye can lead to inflammation and scarring of the cornea if left untreated.
What causes dry eye?
Numerous factors can trigger dry eye or make it worse, including:
- Eyelid disorders (entropion and ectropion)
- Wearing contact lenses
- Taking certain medications
- Post-surgical complications
- The aging process
- Hormonal changes
- Changes in the weather
- Environmental pollutants
- Dry, windy climate
- Excessive use of computer screens
There are also medical conditions that often cause dry eye, particularly immune system disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, diabetes, and lupus.
What treatments are available for dry eye?
Treatment depends on the cause of your dry eye. When you visit Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC your eye doctor carries out a thorough examination of your eyes. You may need to have diagnostic tests, and your provider also checks on other factors that could be causing dry eye, such as lifestyle or dietary factors and any current medications you’re taking.
After isolating the cause, your provider may recommend treatments such as:
- Artificial tear solutions
- Medications to reduce eye inflammation
- Medications to help keep your eyes lubricated
- Laser cauterization to plug the tear ducts
- Punctal plugs to block tear ducts
- Medicated eye drops to increase tear production
Any kind of discomfort or irritation in the eyes is hard to ignore, and in combination with excessive tearing, it can have a significant effect on your quality of life. Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC have effective treatments for dry eye that can relieve those unpleasant symptoms and help you get on with your life. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
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