Dry eye occurs when the tear ducts fail to produce enough tears. Eyes are generally moist, and when tears are in abundance the eyes surface is clear and smooth. This is due to the tear film which is made a mucus layer, an oily layer, and a watery layer. Each layer plays a significant role in keeping the eyes lubricated. Without these three ingredients, the eyes before dry and painful. In Asheville, Dry Eye Treatment is what we do at Envision Eyecare. We treat chronic dry eyes and the conditions that cause them.
Symptoms and Signs That You Have Dry Eye
The eyes are sensitive and anything that causes them discomfort is not easily overlooked. Most people suffering from dry eyes will experience itchy eyes and some irritation. However, some redness may occur, and other may complain of a gritty feeling in their eyes. In any case, the feeling is not pleasant. Although dry eye is common, the condition can make it difficult to drive safely or enjoy outdoor activities. Here are a few signs and symptoms associated with dry eye:
- Sensitivity to light
- Excess production of mucus from the eye(s)
- Unable to wear contacts comfortably
- Runny, watery, teary eyes
- Stinging or burning sensation
- Scratchy, gritty feeling
How Our Optometrists Can Help Prevent, Manage and Treat Dry Eye
We start by making an accurate diagnosis. We do this by performing an evaluation of the symptoms, to make sure that the condition is dry eye and not something else. We do this by testing the tear production levels, through what we call a tear film composition. Next, we will look at previous medical conditions, current lifestyle and medication intake.
Schedule an Appointment with Envision Eyecare in Asheville, NC
Once we have our diagnosis, we can begin to explore the best course of treatment. This may consist of medicated/prescription eye drops, which provides relief from redness, itching, and discomfort. We may recommend making other changes like modifying computer habits and adding a humidifier to a home or work space. To learn more about dry eye or get your eyes examined with our Asheville optometrist, give Envision Eyecare a call at 828-254-6757 today.