Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that affects many people, often without their knowledge. But for the sake of optimal eye health, it is important to give dry eye proper attention and treatment if necessary. At Accent Vision Care, our doctors can diagnose dry eye syndrome and offer solutions for effective treatment tailored to your unique eye health needs.
What Is Dry Eye?
When a person is unable to produce enough lubrication for their eyes due to lack of quality tears, dry eye occurs. Dry eye typically affects both eyes, not just one, and if left untreated, this condition can result in a higher risk of infections. It can even damage your eye’s surface, leading to potential problems in the future.
Dry eye syndrome can be the result of many factors including diet, medication use, hormonal changes, age, and the environment. A variety of treatment options are available for dry eye, leading to less discomfort and an improved quality of life.
Do You Need Dry Eye Treatment?
Due to lack of awareness about dry eye syndrome and available treatments, many people who struggle with dry eye do not realize they have a problem. You may benefit from dry eye treatment if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Burning eyes
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Feeling like something scratchy is stuck in your eye
- Experiencing discomfort when wearing contact lenses
- Recurring irritation that causes teary or watery eyes
- Stringy mucus surrounding your eyes
If you suspect you are experiencing dry eye, our qualified team of optometrists at Accent Vision Care are here to help you find solutions.
How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
The first step to diagnosing dry eye is to undergo a comprehensive eye exam, at which time your doctor will gain a complete understanding of your eye health. If dry eye is suspected, your doctor will also perform other tests to rule out other possible causes. These tests include assessing your tear quality, volume, evaporation rate, chemical composition, and more. Once your doctor has gained a better picture of your condition, they will determine next steps to begin treatment and get you well on your way to relieving your symptoms.
What Are the Treatment Options for Dry Eye?
Depending on your individual needs, treatment can range from ongoing to infrequent. If an individual has serious damage to the surface of their eye, that may require more specific attention. Everyone’s experience with dry eye is different due to these variables. At Accent Vision Care, we will help you find the best path forward.
Common dry eye treatment options include:
- Over-the-counter dry eye care products, such as eye drops
- Tear duct plugs
- Plastic surgery
- Light therapy
Our doctors modify dry eye treatment for every patient’s specific needs with the goal of minimizing dryness and discomfort while promoting optimal eye health. If you are interested in learning more about dry eye diagnosis and treatment, please contact our office to schedule an exam today.