Dry Eye Treatment from Our Eye Doctors in Amarillo
Compared to other vision disorders, dry eye may not sound serious. However, without proper eye care, you may be more prone to eye infections, corneal damage, and foreign matter entering your eyes.
If you think you have dry eye, come to EyeCare Plus for an eye exam. Our Amarillo optometrists, Dr. Pathapati and Dr. Jentzen, will diagnose your condition and help you manage and treat dry eye to prevent future problems.
What is Dry Eye?
When you blink, tears flow across the outer layer of your eye, called the cornea. The moisture lubricates the eye, reduces the risk of infection, washes away foreign debris, and keeps your vision clear. Because tears are necessary to lubricate and nourish the eye, poor eye health may result from dry eye. This condition is quite common and often chronic, especially in older adults.
People with dry eyes have one or both of these problems:
- Insufficient tear production - Glands in your eyelids produce tears, and when production diminishes—whether due to age, medical conditions, or as a side effect of taking certain medication—dry eyes can occur. Environmental conditions, including low humidity and high wind, can also evaporate tears faster than normal, leading to symptoms of dry eye.
- Poor quality tears - To be effective, tears rely on an outer oil layer to slow evaporation, a middle water layer to provide moisture, and an inner mucous layer to spread the tears evenly over the surface of the eye. If your tears don’t have the proper consistency, dry eye can occur. The most common problem is an inadequate water layer, a condition known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), or dry eye syndrome.
Signs & Symptoms of Dry Eye
If you experience these symptoms of dry eye, you should visit our eye doctor near Amarillo to seek treatment:
- Irritated, scratchy, or burning eyes
- A gritty feeling in your eyes
- Excessive eye watering
- Blurred vision
- Impaired vision in severe cases
How Our Optometrist Prevents, Manages & Treats Dry Eyes
The best thing to do if you have dry eye symptoms is to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist and receive a diagnosis. Then, you can take measures to prevent, manage, and treat dry eyes, including:
- Blink regularly while reading or looking at a computer screen for prolonged periods.
- Run a humidifier in your home and at work.
- Wear sunglasses with wrap-around frames to protect your eyes from the sun and the wind.
- Take nutritional supplements as recommended by your optometrist.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Use over-the-counter artificial tear solution.
- Temporarily plug or surgically close the tear ducts to help natural tears stay in your eyes longer.
- Use prescription eye drops to increase tear production.
- Treat inflammation of the eye and eyelid with prescription eye drops or ointments, eyelid cleaners, lid massages, or warm compresses.
Schedule an Eye Exam in Amarillo for Dry Eye Treatment
To learn more about preventing, managing, and treating dry eye, contact us at 806-370-2680 to schedule an eye exam at EyeCare Plus, your optometrist in Amarillo, TX.