Do you have dry eyes? Dry eyes can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms, and many people do not realize they suffer from this problem. This issue is common for people living across the United States, and especially for those living in a notoriously dry climate. Seasonal allergies, contact lenses, illnesses, and various medications can lead to dry eyes. The key to relief is determining the cause of the problem and implementing effective treatment.
Comprehensive Eye Exams are Important
The first step for diagnosing dry eyes is to visit an optometrist for a thorough comprehensive eye exam. During your exam, the doctor will inspect your eyes and your tear ducts. The doctor will also have a conversation with you about your health history and the medications you’re currently taking. Once the probable cause of your dry eyes is determined, a treatment will be recommended. In many cases, your optometrist will want to see you in the office in a few weeks or months to evaluate your progress and make sure your symptoms are improving.
What Does it Feel Like?
If you suffer from this issue, you probably have at least one of the following symptoms:
- Eyes that itch or feel like they are burning
- Blurry vision
- Excessive blinking
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Painful eyes
- Feeling like there is something in your eye
- Symptoms in BOTH eyes
- Watery eyes
Besides a professional diagnosis and treatment advice from an optometrist, there are additional methods for combating dry eyes on a daily basis. First, if you wear contact lenses and your eyes feel dry, blurry, or uncomfortable, take your contacts out. Wearing glasses instead of contacts for a few days can help your eyes feel better. Also, during the allergy season, keep your windows closed. While open windows allow fresh air to flow into your house, they also allow allergens to enter, which can affect your eyes. Ceiling fans also dry out the eyes – even when you’re sleeping. So, turn off ceiling fans and eliminate other sources of air blowing directly on you.
There are many brands and types of eye drops that can work differently depending on the cause of dryness. Our doctors provide a thorough exam for dryness and develop a treatment plan that may include over-the-counter drops, prescription medication, or certain procedures for dry eyes.
Elite Vision Care makes it simple and easy to schedule an eye health exam. Our goal is to make sure your eyes are as healthy as possible. We offer extended office hours during the week, and we are open on Saturdays for your convenience. Our office accepts most vision plans and PPO medical insurances. Schedule an appointment today by calling (281) 554-7080. There is absolutely no reason to suffer from the symptoms of dry eyes if the problem can be treated.