Dry eye syndrome is a condition that has become common, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that impact your ability to see clearly and comfortably. Treatment for dry eye syndrome can help to relieve symptoms and improve visual comfort. At Bogey Hills Vision Center, we treat dry eye for residents of Saint Charles, St. Peters, and Cottleville.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
You may frequently feel a scratchy feeling in the eyes or a sensation like something is in the eye. Your eyes may be sensitive to light, or you may have trouble wearing your contact lenses. Eyes may be red or have a mucus discharge. The eyes may water frequently, and you may have blurred vision. You may have difficulty driving at night or have constant eye fatigue.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Dry eye problems occur when not enough tears are produced or the quality of those tears is insufficient to moisturize the eyes. Tears are made of water, mucus, and oil, and a problem with the production of any one of these components can lead to eye dryness.
Who Gets Dry Eyes?
Generally, people over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome. Women are also more prone to dry eyes because of hormone changes that occur. Individuals who wear contact lenses are at greater risk for dry eyes, as well, and certain medications can also cause dryness.
Over-the-counter eye drops can be helpful for mild cases of dry eye. For more severe symptoms, our optometrist can provide prescription medications to increase eye moisture. Eye drops can be prescribed to reduce inflammation of the cornea. Punctal plugs are a viable alternative for those with more severe symptoms. These tiny devices help to prevent the draining of eye fluids. Warmth and massage can help to unblock glands in the eyes. Surgery may be needed for the most severe cases.
Preventing Dry Eye Symptoms
Eye health experts recommend blinking more frequently to moisten the eyes. Avoid having warm air blowing on your eyes. Don’t smoke, and avoid smoky environments. If you work in a dry environment, close your eyes for a few seconds periodically to improve eye moisture and use artificial tears.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist for Dry Eye Treatment in Saint Charles, St. Peters, and Cottleville
Call Bogey Hills Vision Center today at (363) 946-1176 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.