Dry Eye Treatment and Diagnosis
Dry eye is a common condition that requires attention, but many people may have dry eye without realizing it. At Vision Center LTD, we can diagnose dry eye as well as provide guidance on the best treatment for dry eyes for your specific needs.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is an eye condition where a person is unable to produce enough lubrication for their eyes because of a lack of quality tears. A common eye condition that most frequently occurs in both eyes, dry eye syndrome can result in a higher risk of eye infections as well as damage to the eye surface.
Dry eye syndrome may be a result of your diet, hormone levels, medication use, age, health, or even where you live, but there are a variety of dry eye syndrome treatment options available once you are diagnosed with the condition.
Signs You Need Help for Dry Eye
Dry eye is a common condition but can be undertreated because of a lack of awareness. Some people may even have been struggling with dry eye for years, but do not realize that they have a problem.
You may benefit from dry eye treatment if you frequently experience the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Red or burning eyes
- A sensation that something scratchy is stuck in your eye
- Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
- Teary eyes from recurrent irritation
- Stringy mucus around your eyes
If you have been living with these symptoms, it is time to visit our optometrists in Shelton and get help. There may be hope for relief.
Diagnosing Dry Eye
While many people struggle with dry eye, this condition can sometimes go undiagnosed. The best way to diagnose dry eye is with a comprehensive eye examination.
During this exam, your doctor will be able to get a full picture of your eye health. If dry eye syndrome is suspected, they may also perform more tests to rule out other causes. These tests include examining tear quality and volume as well as their evaporation rate. In some cases, we may also take some tear samples to look at their chemical composition. Once we have a better understanding of the condition as well as the severity, we will be able to determine the next steps on how to treat dry eye syndrome for your specific needs.
Dry Eye Treatment Options
For some people, dry eye may be more of an annoyance while others may experience incredible discomfort. Depending on the situation, some individuals may require chronic dry eye treatment while others may only need infrequent care. Some people may also have more serious eye surface damage that requires additional attention. Because of these variables, dry eye care may be a little different for everyone, so we will work with you to determine the next best step.
Some dry eye treatment options include:
- Over-the-counter dry eye care products
- Eye drops
- Tear duct plugs
- Light therapy
- Plastic surgery
At Vision Center LTD, our dry eye treatment in Shelton is tailored to the specific patient’s needs, but the goal remains the same. We want you to minimize dryness and discomfort while promoting good overall eye health. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam and let us help you alleviate or even eliminate your dry eye symptoms.