Effective Treatment Options for Dry Eyes

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Whether you suffer from dry eyes due to changing weather patterns or you suffer from seasonal allergies, it can be inconvenient to deal with these symptoms frequently. But, there is no reason why you need to be uncomfortable. Your eye doctor can help you identify the right treatment so that you can experience relief.

Symptoms and Causes of Dry Eyes

People with dry eyes can experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Watery eyes

Some patients are surprised to hear that watery eyes could be a symptom of chronic dry eyes. But, the excess tears might be an indication that the glands are overcompensating due to the dry eyes.

Usually, dry eye symptoms occur due to low tear production or poor-quality tears. These tears are designed to protect the surface of the eye and wash away foreign objects that enter the eye. If something goes wrong with the tear production, then it can be very uncomfortable.

What Should You Do for Dry Eyes?

If you are suffering from chronic dry eyes, then there are a few lifestyle changes that might make a difference. For example, you can blink more frequently and be deliberate about giving your eyes a break from tasks when you need to focus intensely. Don’t forget to drink enough water so that you maintain hydration throughout the day.

Some patients like to use eye drops, which are available as over-the-counter products, or you can try a prescription if it is suggested by your optometrist. Prescription eye drops can help to increase tear production if needed.

If the symptoms are severe, then your doctor might suggest that tears are conserved by blocking the tear ducts. This treatment is done by placing a small plug into the tear ducts at the corners of the eyes, reducing the speed at which the tears drain.

Before you try different treatments, the best solution is to talk to your eye doctor for personal recommendations. Learn more about treatment options by contacting us for an appointment and exam. Call our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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