Dry Eyes FAQs
If your eyes are irritated or look red, it may indicate that you have dry eye. It’s normal for your eyes to feel this way in certain conditions, such as on a windy day or in a smoky environment. However, persistent symptoms can mean that you have an eye condition that needs treatment. At Lavenburg Medical Group in Elkton, MD, and Newark, DE, we provide various treatments that can offer relief and help you see clearly. Prior to visiting us, learn about some frequently asked questions regarding dry eyes below:
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears to stay wet. When you have this condition, you may often notice a stinging or a gritty sensation. You might also have red eyes and a higher sensitivity to light. The condition can cause watery eyes, blurry vision, and fatigue as well. In addition, you may have difficulty driving or wearing contacts.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Problems with your tear ducts can lead to dry eye. Your eyes might not produce enough tears or the tears might dry up quickly. Along with that, age, wearing contact lenses, certain medical conditions, eye allergies, and certain medications can all contribute to dry eye.
How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
Our optometrists can perform an eye exam and other tests to check for dry eye. We may check your tear quality and tear volume in order to determine the root cause of the condition.
What Treatments Are Available for Dry Eye?
There are several treatments available for dry eye. Your treatment will depend on the cause of the condition. Our optometrists may recommend over-the-counter eye drops or prescription eye drops, punctal plugs, LipiFlow, or medication to relieve your symptoms.
How Can I Prevent Dry Eye?
Taking breaks from screen use and protecting your eyes when you’re in dry, smoky, or windy conditions can help prevent symptoms from becoming worse. Our eye doctors can provide you with additional advice on how to lower your risk of developing dry eye or prevent symptoms from worsening.
Contact us for an Appointment Today!
If you’re looking for relief from dry eye, contact Lavenburg Medical Group in Elkton, MD, and Newark, DE, at (302) 993-0722 today. We will evaluate your condition and determine the necessary treatment that will help reduce your symptoms. Our team is dedicated to improving your eye health!