Dry Eye Treatment From Your Optometrists in Katy, TX
Our optometrists in Katy, TX offers dry eye treatment that can help alleviate your symptoms and reduce the risk of corneal scratches and eye infections.
Dry Eye Explained
Dry eye is a condition in which the eyes are not properly lubricated. The condition is typically caused by an imbalance in the composition of the basal tears or an inadequate supply of basal tears. Basal tears are comprised of an oily layer, a watery layer and a mucus layer. These tear components ensure that the tears spread evenly over the surface of the eye and that they do not evaporate too quickly
Causes of Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can be caused by several different factors. Individuals over the age of 65 are more likely to develop symptoms of dry eyes than individuals who are younger. The condition can also be caused by exposure to smoke, dry, dusty or windy conditions, medical conditions, like diabetes, and certain types of medications, especially decongestants and antidepressants.
Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eyes
Symptoms of dry eyes include eye pain, redness, feeling like there is dust in the eye and excessive watering. You may also notice that your vision is blurry. In severe cases of dry eye, the eyes may be so dry that the cornea becomes scratched or starts to thin, which may permanently damage the eyes. If you suspect you have dry eyes, it’s important to schedule an eye exam.
Treatment for Dry Eyes from Our Optometrist
Our optometrist can exam your eyes, diagnose the cause of your dry eyes and recommend a course of treatment to keep your eyes lubricated and reduce your symptoms.
Dry Eyes Caused by Medications
If our eye doctor suspects that your dry eyes are being caused by your medications, we may recommend that you talk with your doctor about potentially switching medications to one that does not cause dry eye symptoms. Our eye doctor may also prescribe eye drops and/or ointments or medications to help with your symptoms.
Dry Eyes Caused by Blocked Oil Glands
In some instances, your dry eyes may be caused by blocked oil ducts in your eyelids. Treatment for this cause of dry eyes usually revolves around applying warm moist wash clothes to your eye in an effort to unblock the glands.
Eye Drops and Ointments
The first treatment option usually involves prescribing eye drops and ointments. The eye drops are used during the day to help keep your eyes hydrated and lubricated. The ointments are thicker and used at night to maintain eye lubrication.
Temporary and Permanent Tear Duct Plugs
If our other treatment options do not provide you with dry eye relief, our optometrist may recommend getting temporary or permanent tear duct plugs to help the basal tears stay in your eyes longer.
Call Our Optometrist in Katy Today!
To schedule an appointment for your dry, itchy, irritated eyes, call our optometrist in Katy at 281-347-3937.