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If you are experiencing itchy eyes, you may be wondering how to treat dry eye. Here at Space Center Eye Associates in Houston, we can diagnose and treat your dry eyes, which is a condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears that are produced are of poor quality. When this happens, you may notice that your eyes feel itchy or scratchy. Thankfully, our optometrist can provide dry eye diagnoses and various treatments to help alleviate your symptoms.
Preventing dry eye involves avoiding situations that make your itchy dry eyes worse. Our eye doctor recommends avoiding windy conditions or wearing sunglasses or glasses with shields to block the wind from blowing into your eyes while you are outside. If you have excessively dry indoor air, especially during the winter, you should consider using a humidifier, and if you are staring at a computer for long periods of time, you should blink your eyes frequently and take breaks in order to keep your eyes hydrated and lubricated.
A comprehensive eye examination with our Houston Bay Area eye doctor can diagnose your dry eyes. Our eye doctor will take a medical history that includes any dry eye symptoms. If you are taking certain medications, like hormone replacement therapy or decongestants, we may ask you if any of the listed side-effects include experiencing dry eyes.
Next, we will test a number of tears in your eyes to determine if they are able to properly hydrate and lubricate your eyes. If we do determine that you have dry eyes, we will recommend a course of treatment and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms.
Dry eye treatment with our optometrist, serving Clear Lake, typically starts with drops and creams. The dry eye drops are designed to help keep your eyes hydrated and lubricated during the day. The creams are used in your eyes at night to help keep your eyes moist while you sleep.
If the dry eye drops and creams do not provide you with adequate relief, we may recommend temporary or permanent tear duct plugs, which will stop the drainage of your tears.
To schedule an appointment for your itchy dry eyes, call our Houston Bay Area optometrist at 281-480-1002. We are located at 2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard in Suite 150.
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