Dry eyes can cause severe discomfort and interfere with your quality of life. If you’re frustrated because dry eyes are preventing you from wearing contacts or seeing the world clearly, the skilled team at Optic Gallery Fort Apache can help relieve your symptoms, improve your vision, and restore your ability to enjoy daily activities. To learn about options for banishing the discomfort of dry eyes, call the office in Las Vegas today, or make an appointment online.
When your body isn’t able to make enough tears or produces tears that aren’t of good quality, your eyes become drier. Mild dryness may not bother you much, but moderate to severe dry eyes can be uncomfortable and even debilitating.
As you age, your eyes naturally become drier. Some other factors that contribute to dry eye disease include:
Autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis attack the glands that produce moisture, resulting in dryness in the eyes and other areas that are lubricated by sebaceous fluid.
If you suffer from dry eyes, you may also experience the following symptoms.
You may find that your eyes feel itchy or gritty. You may notice eye discharge, especially when you first wake up in the morning.
Once your experienced provider at Optic Gallery Fort Apache determines the reason for your dry eyes during an exam, they discuss all your options so you can make an informed choice about treating your condition.
Some of the options your provider may recommend are:
Medicated eye drops that contain antibiotics, corticosteroids, or cyclosporine can reduce inflammation, which can interfere with tear production. Some eye drop prescriptions are for a short time; others are used on an ongoing based to keep tear ducts free from swelling and obstruction.
Tiny plugs block the ducts that allow your tears to drain, so moisture remains on the surface of your eye longer. Punctal plugs are comfortable, and insertion only requires a short office visit. Some plugs dissolve over time; other types of punctal plugs can remain in your eyes for months or even years.
Scleral lenses are larger than regular contacts. They contain a pocket of artificial tears that offers ongoing moisturization during daily wear. If you have severely dry eyes, scleral contacts may be the best option for your condition.
There is also evidence that regular eyelid washes and taking a daily fish oil or omega-3 supplement may help improve dry eyes.
To find relief from dry eyes, schedule an evaluation today. Call Optic Gallery Fort Apache, or make an appointment online.