Dry eye syndrome is a collection of symptoms involving inadequate tear production. If you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, your eyes can become very uncomfortable and may negatively affect the quality of your life. Fortunately, several treatments are available to relieve symptoms associated with dry eyes. At Bogey Hills Vision Center in Saint Charles MO, we have been diagnosing and treating dry eye for many years.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Insufficient tear production can make the eyes feel itchy or as if a foreign body is stuck in the eyes. Some people report a burning sensation or eye fatigue. The eyes may be red and inflamed. You may have blurred vision or sensitivity to bright light. There may be a mucus discharge around the eyes. Your eye may feel heavy, and you may experience blurred vision even though your vision is normal or your prescription is correct.
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye problems occur when not enough tears are produced or when the quality of tears does not sufficiently moisturize the eye’s surface. Hormone changes, aging, and certain medications can lead to dry eyes. If you work at a computer screen for many hours of the day, you may develop dry eyes. Individuals who work in dry, dusty environments may have dry eye issues. If you don't get enough vitamin A in your diet, you may develop this problem. Women are at higher risk for dry eye problems, as are individuals over the age of 50. If you wear contact lenses or have had vision correction surgery, you may be at higher risk for dry eyes.
Dry Eye Treatment
In some cases, lifestyle changes can help relieve dry eye problems. You can look away from the computer more often or make sure you blink more frequently. Warm compresses on the eyes can also help dryness. Over-the-counter artificial tears can be helpful for minor problems with dry eyes. Prescription medications are also available. Punctal plugs are tiny devices that an optometrist inserts into the tear glands at the inner corner of the eyes that help retain moisture on the eye surface. Other treatments are also available at our eye doctor’s office.
Choose Bogey Hills Vision Center For Your Eye Care Needs
The optometrists at Bogey Hills Vision Center are committed to providing the highest quality vision care for all their patients in Saint Charles, MO, St. Peters, Cottleville, and other nearby communities. We offer many services, including vision exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, pediatric eye care, diabetic eye care, and referrals for eye surgery. Contact Bogey Hills Vision Center today at (636) 946-1176 for more information on dry eye syndrome or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.