Dry Eye From Texas City Eye Consultants
Dry eye is a common condition that can affect men, women, and children. It generally occurs when our bodies don't produce enough tears and/or the tears which are produced are low in quality. In either case, people with this condition are lacking the necessary nutrient-rich moisture to effectively protect the outer surface of the eyes.
Common Symptoms & Causes of Dry Eye
Dry eye may be caused by a primary condition affecting the eye, such as Meibomian gland dysfunction or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or it could be caused by other underlying conditions such as certain autoimmune disorders, allergies, medication side effects, advancing age, a history of eye surgery, long-term contact lens use, or even smoking. Depending on the nature and severity of the underlying condition, symptoms can vary from person to person. However, there are several common complaints associated with dry eye:
• The feeling of sand or some other gritty foreign substance stuck in the eye
• Eyes that are red, itchy, burning, and/or swollen
• Watery discharge that can dry out and leave a crusty residue on the eyelids and eyelashes (people often find their eyelashes are "stuck together" in the morning); this somewhat counter-intuitive symptom is believed to be the body's compensation for a lack of tears
How Our Texas City Optometrist Helps People with Dry Eyes
Our Texas City optometrist staff is proud to offer quality vision and eye care services for the thousands of Texans living in our community. Treatment for dry eyes really depends on what's causing the symptoms in the first place. At our facility, we use advanced technology and advanced clinical training to help us identify the root of the problem and address this and a person's dry eye symptoms accordingly.
To this end, treatment may focus on one or several of the following:
• Restoration of eye moisture via artificial teardrops
• Increased tear production via medicated eye drops
• Symptom relief, which may include warm compresses, ointments, and other medications to reduce inflammation and irritation
• Patient education for self-care (including at-home symptom relief, hygiene, the use of sunglasses, avoiding known allergens or environmental irritants, and smoking cessation)
Any customized treatment plan is preceded by a thorough examination and evaluation by one of our Texas City optometrists.
Call Our Texas City Eye Doctor Today!
At Texas City Eye Consultants—serving the communities of League City, Galveston, Texas City, and surrounding areas—our eye doctor, Dr. Jose Correra, is proud to be a leading area clinician helping people of all ages maximize their vision and eye health. If you're tired of struggling with dry eye or any other eye condition and would like effective and affordable service, contact us today by calling (409) 945-5511.