Dry eye syndrome can be irritating, causing eyes to tear up, feel scratchy, and cause your vision to become blurry. Some patients use at-home dry eye treatment methods, such as rest and over-the-counter eye drops, often experiencing relief in a few days. However, other patients require more intensive treatment requiring a trip to the eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment. At Lavenburg Medical Group, we provide residents of Newark, DE, and Elkton, MD, , with dry eye treatment.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye occurs due to inadequate tear production. Having dry eyes doesn't always mean the eyes do not produce enough tears. Instead, it can reference a condition where the eyes have trouble producing tears and go into overdrive producing extra tears, which can result in watery eyes.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye symptoms can occur for two different reasons. First, the glands in the eyelids do not produce enough oil to prevent tears from evaporating. It can also occur when the eye does not make enough tears to keep the eyes hydrated. Regardless of the cause, it is vital to have a proper diagnosis to ensure the right dry eye treatment is used.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Common symptoms may include dryness, feeling like there is debris in the eye, and consistent irritation. Other symptoms include sensitivity to light, blurred vision, a burning sensation, and watery eyes. Eyes may also feel tired or have excessive discharge.
What are some Treatments for Dry Eyes?
Most dry eye symptoms can be treated with at-home treatment, including resting the eyes and over-the-counter medications and ointments. An eye doctor can also prescribe medications to help treat dry eye syndrome, and an ophthalmologist can help provide surgical care if needed. Other dry eye treatment options include intense pulse light, punctal plugs, lid hygiene, steroid drops, lipiflow, and protective eyewear.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor for Dry Eye Treatment
If you are suffering from the symptoms associated with dry eye, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor for treatment. The optometrist at Lavenburg Medical Group provides dry eye treatment for Newark, DE, and Elkton, MD, , patients. Call our office today to see one of our eye doctors for a comprehensive eye exam.