Acute or chronic dry eye can be a challenging health problem. For many people, their dry eyes have a massive impact on their ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Our Houston optometrist team helps many folks struggling with dry eyes find the relief they’re looking for using a combination of experience, state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technology, and advanced clinical skills.
Dry Eyes 101: Causes and Symptoms
Dry eyes is a broad condition which is characterized by inadequate tear production. Tears are necessary to maintain appropriate hydration and lubrication for your eyes. A person may experience acute or chronic dry eyes due to a variety of factors, including:
- Side effect from medications
- Other health problems, such as diabetes or allergies
- Tear duct damage (e.g., injury, radiation, inflammation, infection)
- Environmental and/or lifestyle factors, including smoke exposure, air conditioning, and extreme weather changes
Dry eye symptoms vary in terms of type, severity, and duration. People with dry eyes typically experience one or several of the following signs and symptoms, in one or both eyes:
- Itchy, red, burning, and/or swollen eyes
- Blurry vision
- Discharge from your eye that can form a dry crust overnight
- A feeling of grittiness or a foreign object in the eye
- Hypersensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Eye fatigue
- Poor night vision
I Think I Have Dry Eyes–Now What?
It’s important to see an eye doctor for evaluation and treatment of dry eye syndrome. Our Houston optometrist offers several treatment options to help you manage your symptoms and address any underlying causes, including:
- Medicated eye drops
- Artificial tears
- Specialized contact lenses
- Patient education on proper eye hygiene and other lifestyle tips to minimize or eliminate symptoms
Frustrated With Dry Eyes? Call Our Houston Optometrist Team Now
If you’re suffering from dry eyes or some other eye health problem, experience the difference in optometry care with our experienced and attentive staff at Space Center Eye Associates, led by Houston optometrist team Dr. Keith Manuel and Dr. Beth Robinson. To book your next appointment, call today.