Dry eye syndrome can occur at any age. However, it’s most prominent in seniors. If you have this condition, you may be bothered by sore, dry, itchy eyes throughout the day. For an accurate diagnosis of dry eye, come to The Vision Place in San Antonio for an eye exam. An evaluation from our optometry specialist, Dr. Palomino, will confirm whether you have this condition. The following FAQs can give you greater insight into the causes, symptoms and treatment of this condition.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Almost everyone suffers from dry eyes at some point or another. Dry eye syndrome, however, is a condition where your eyes aren’t producing sufficient tears to keep them moist. As a result, they’re dry, itchy, and easily irritated all the time.
Who Is at Risk for Dry Eye?
As you grow older, your eyes produce fewer tears, making seniors more susceptible to this condition. However, digital device overuse can also cause dry eye as people tend to blink less when they’re staring at digital screens, reducing the production of tears. Certain medications and auto-immune diseases, eye surgeries, environmental elements, and hormonal changes in women also reduce tear production, causing dry eye.
How Do Tears Affect Dry Eye?
Tears are essential to eye health and good vision. They protect your eyes against infections, cleanse your eyes from dirt and debris, and lubricate your eyes, keeping eye surfaces smooth and clear. Lack of quality tears can lead to eye dryness, itchiness and irritation, all common symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
How Can Watery Eyes Be Part of Dry Eye Syndrome?
To compensate for eye dryness, your body may stimulate overproduction of tears, causing your eyes to water excessively. As these tears are of low quality, they won’t alleviate dry eye symptoms.
Can Dry Eye Be Cured?
To date, there is no cure for dry eye, but symptoms can be managed, especially if your optometry specialist in San Antonio detects the condition in its early stages. Left unchecked, the condition could worsen, leading to eye infections, corneal abrasions, and blurred vision. By managing your condition, you can keep symptoms at a minimum and function with as little discomfort as possible.
How Is This Condition Treated?
Mild cases of dry eye can be managed with over the counter artificial tears. If artificial tears don’t alleviate symptoms, we can prescribe stronger eye drops to manage your condition. For advanced cases of dry eye, procedures like Lipiflow or BlephEx can help you deal with your symptoms. After an eye evaluation, we’ll be in a better position to recommend treatment.
See Dr. Palomino for Dry Eye Treatment
To schedule an eye exam to diagnose dry eye syndrome, contact Dr. Palomino at The Vision Place, San Antonio, by calling 210-764-1113.