Dry Eyes

What causes Dry Eyes?

Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes often because they feel irritated? This is a common symptom of dry eyes.

Your eyes contain tear ducts that produce tears. These tears act as lubrication, wetting your eye and keeping them healthy in the process. But sometimes, your tear ducts fail to produce the tears needed to protect your eyes. Or, the tears produced evaporate quicker than usual, resulting in your eyes feeling un-lubricated and dry. This is what creates the sensation of irritation that makes you want to rub your eyes.

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Treating Dry Eyes

Dry eyes get worse over a period of time. You may begin to experience eye dryness for large portions of the day. Constantly rubbing your eyes because of itchiness or a burning sensation, can cause damage to your cornea and lead to the development of eye conditions. The only way to avoid these problems is to address dry eyes through focused treatment. This is where our team at Advanced Vision Care can help. We are specialized in treating dry eyes. Contact us to schedule a treatment.

Symptoms of dry eyes

You may have dry eyes if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Feeling of itchiness or burning in the eyes
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Mucus at the corners of your eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • The feeling of having something lodged in the eye
  • Blurriness & fatigue
  • Issues with contact lens
  • Watering of the eyes

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Other causes for dry eyes

  • Menopause
  • Particles getting into and clogging-up the tear glands
  • Production of low-quality tears
  • Health conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin A deficiency, scleroderma, thyroid conditions,
  • Sjogren syndrome or lupus
  • Laser eye surgeries (although this is often a temporary symptom)
  • Eye conditions like turned-in and turned-out eyelids
  • Certain medications, drugs and hormones which impact tear duct functioning
  • Prolonged staring at a computer or TV screen
  • Smoking

Treatments for dry eyes

At Advanced Vision Care, we treat dry eyes using a combination of non-surgical techniques. The treatments we choose depend on the severity of your condition and the existence of any other eye condition.

Treatments we offer include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications to increase natural tear production
  • Removal of blockages in the tear duct, using treatments like LipiFlow
  • Temporary punctal plugs to prevent tear drainage from the eyes
  • Eye membrane contact lenses to treat damage and inflammation
  • We offer serum tear therapy

You can complement the results of these treatments by:

  • Using mild soap that isn’t harsh on the eyes
  • Applying a warm compress on the eyes every day for a few minutes
  • Using organic cosmetics that do not affect tear ducts
  • Closing your eyes and resting them for a few minutes every 1-2 hours
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At what age can we develop dry eyes?

Although dry eyes are mostly experienced by people over the age of 60, these days, different lifestyle conditions like working with computers or exposing the eye to pollution, can result in dry eyes in younger people too. Today, even people in their 20s can experience minor dry eye symptoms. Additionally, if you have a genetic history of dry eyes in your family, you may develop the condition as well.

Stop Dry Eyes Today

If you are suffering from dry eyes, please feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Your eyes are an integral part of your body and essential to everyday life. You should never have to suffer or have your quality of life diminished because of dry eyes. We can help you get back to healthy vision.

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