Don’t Let Dry Eyes Win
Symptoms of dry eyes affect more than 4.8 million people across the US and cause them daily discomfort. But your eye doctor can provide you with tools and strategies for reducing these problems.
With help from the optometrists at Daniel & Davis Optometry, you can reduce the impact of dry eyes on your life. Please contact us today and find out how we can help you use your eyes more comfortably again.
Dry Eye Causes, Symptoms, & Risk Factors
Why Do My Eyes Feel Dry?
Eyes that feel dry every now and then aren’t usually a cause for concern—but if the dryness is constant and distracting, it could be a problem. Dry eye syndrome happens when your tears stop providing adequate moisture. This can occur because:
- Your eyes can no longer produce enough tears.
- Your eyes produce poor-quality tears.
What Do Dry Eyes Feel Like?
Dry Eye Risk Factors
Your risk of developing dry eyes may increase if you are:
- More than 50 years old
- Vitamin A deficient
- Taking antihistamines
- Taking certain medications, including specific antidepressants and SSRIs
- Undergoing hormonal changes from pregnancy, menopause, postmenopausal estrogen treatments, or androgen insufficiency
- Someone with hepatitis C
- Someone with a vascular disease
- Someone who has previously had corneal surgery
- Someone who has previously received stem cell treatments
- Someone who has previously been exposed to radiation (including chemotherapy)
Common Dry Eye Therapies
At Daniel & Davis Optometry, we might suggest the following dry eye therapies:
- Artificial Tears: These over-the-counter drops moisturize your eyes to temporarily relieve dry eye symptoms.
- Steroids: These prescription drops provide anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce severe dry eye symptoms.
- Punctal Plugs: These tiny devices are inserted into your tear ducts to make your tears drain more slowly. Punctal plugs have been shown to improve the efficacy of some topical treatments.
- Heat Masks: These masks apply a gentle warmth and mild pressure to reduce inflammation caused by dry eyes.
- Scleral Lenses: These lenses are designed to create space between the lens and the cornea and can be filled with a hydrating fluid. Scleral lenses can often be worn by people whose dry eyes make other types of contacts uncomfortable. Learn more about scleral lenses on our Scleral Contact Lens page.
- Eyelid-Cleansing Wipes: These wipes can help manage dry eye symptoms when used alongside other therapies.