Dry Eye Treatment
Are you suffering from eye irritation, such as blurry vision, red eyes, or itchy and watery eyes? If so, our optometrist at East Memphis Optometry in Memphis can help restore your vision. We will conduct a thorough examination and ask you a few questions to help determine the source of your discomfort and find a suitable remedy. Read on to learn more about dry eye syndrome, its causes, and potential solutions for this condition.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eyes are a common issue in eye care and can often be resolved with lifestyle changes or simple solutions. When you blink, the lubrication between your eyelid and the surface of your eye helps to rinse away dust and other debris. However, if this natural lubrication dries up, you may feel grittiness in your eyes and have the urge to rub them excessively. This type of eye irritation can lead to blurry vision or red eyes.
Common Causes of Dry Eye
Environmental factors such as high winds, smoke from fires, pollen, and allergens, as well as overuse, are the most common sources of eye irritation. Aging, certain medications, and other external factors can also contribute to dry eyes. Our eye doctor can help determine the cause of your dry eyes and provide appropriate recommendations, which may range from medication drops to giving your eyes some rest throughout the day.
Is Dry Eye Syndrome Common?
In our local area, there are quite a few spring pollens that can irritate the eyes of some individuals. When combined with high winds during storms, debris can potentially scratch the surface of the eye, causing a gritty sensation. Dry eyes have also become more common among individuals over the age of 40.
Treatments for Dry Eyes
If you experience persistent dry eye syndrome, there are several treatment options available to alleviate discomfort. Some options include:
- Medications to reduce inflammation of the eyelids.
- Eye drops to control inflammation of the cornea.
- Artificial tear eye inserts for temporary relief.
- Tear-stimulating medicines that help increase tear production, available as pills, gels, or eye drops.
- Procedures to reduce tear loss, such as closing tear ducts or using silicone plugs.
- Special contact lenses designed to trap moisture.
Got Dry Eyes? East Memphis Optometry Can Help
Our experienced optometrist has successfully treated many cases of dry eyes in East Memphis and the local community. If home remedies are not providing relief, schedule an appointment with us at East Memphis Optometry to restore your vision and bring greater comfort to your eyes. We also offer routine eye care, along with a remarkable selection of contact lenses and fashionable eyeglass frames. Call our team today at (901) 683-4529 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.