When you have dry eyes, they don’t just feel dry. They often itch, burn, and sting. At Dr. K’s 20/20 Vision Center, optometrist Daniel Kosterman, OD uses various treatments to make your eyes feel better and prevent further damage. If you live in or near Eagle River, Alaska, call the office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. K. You can even go online to book your appointment and move one step closer to relieving the discomfort.
When eyes aren’t adequately lubricated, dry eyes may develop. It’s a common condition that occurs for a variety of reasons, including inadequate or poor-quality tears.
The natural aging process can also cause dry eyes, and it’s especially common during menopause. Antihistamines can lead to dry eyes, as can Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases.
Sometimes the condition results from outside influences, like heaters, air conditioners, or spending too much time in front of a computer screen.
When you have dry eyes, you may feel as if you have something in your eye, or have a gritty sensation in one or both eyes. Your eyes may burn, sting, or itch. They may appear red and slightly inflamed. Dry eyes can also lead to blurry vision and light sensitivity.
As a result, your eyes may produce too much fluid. Called reflex tearing, this occurs when your dry eyes lead to irritation that sends a signal to your brain for your eye to increase its lubrication. These tears may wash away any debris in your eye, but they don’t have the lubrication quality needed to help with dry eyes.
Certain targeted therapies can help stimulate the glands that produce tears, although sometimes the drainage system of the eye needs to be corrected.
In the meantime, artificial tears and other over-the-counter products can ease the symptoms. Dr. K recommends trying a few types to see which works best for you. When your eyes dry out at night, opt for a dry eye moisturizing ointment.
If you have chronic dry eyes, use artificial tears regularly, even when your eyes don’t feel dry. Dr. K may also suggest a procedure that allows tears to drain from your eyes.
Stop suffering from dry eyes: Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. K book your consultation online today.