According to National Eye Institute (NEI), about 17 million Americans have dry eye disease. Its symptoms can affect your ability to operate a computer, concentrate, drive, read comfortably, and even perform basic tasks. At DeNovo Eye in McKinney, we recognize that dry eye is a chronic illness that has been under-cared for and overlooked. Read on to learn the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of dry eye disease.
The Symptoms of Dry Eye
Dry eye disease (DED) is a chronic illness that develops when tear production and drainage aren’t in balance. People with DED either produce inadequate or low-quality tears. Tears (a mixture of mucus, oils, and water) help keep your eyes moist, protect them from infections, and wash away debris and dust. Common dry eye symptoms include:
- Heavy eyelids
- Inability to cry
- Pain or redness
- Itchiness, burning or stinging
- Stingy discharge
- Gritty or sandy feeling
- Light sensitivity
- Eye strain from computer use or reading
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Eye fatigue or temporary blurred vision
Our optometrists perform the following test and procedures to evaluate the quality and quantity of the tears produced:
- External eye exam that includes blink dynamics and lid structure
- Evaluation of the cornea and eyelids using bright light and magnification
- Patient history to determine your symptoms and health problems, environmental or medication factors contributing to the dry eye issue
We use the obtained information to help tailor a customized treatment plan for you.
The following treatment options aim to maintain or restore the normal amount of tears in your eyes to minimize discomfort and dryness:
- Home care: Involves a daily routine of applying warm compresses to your eyes, especially if your optometrist has diagnosed blepharitis, the presence of inflamed or clogged oil glands. We can also recommend over-the-counter artificial eye drops like omega-3 fatty acids or make certain lifestyle changes.
- Moisture goggles: Helps block moisture evaporation while sleeping.
- Prescription medications: Includes steroid eye drops and drugs like Restasis with anti-inflammatory features.
- Eye inserts: Provides lubrication.
- Punctual plugs: Inserted in your eye drainage port to slow siphoning of tears from the eyes’ surfaces.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Optometrists in McKinney, TX
Don’t let itchy, uncomfortable, and dry eyes take a toll on you. At DeNovo Eye, we will evaluate your eyes and recommend a treatment plan based on your specific concerns and needs. From in-office treatments to eye drops, our optometrists have what it takes to ensure your eyes get the proper care they need. Call our team today at (469) 317-2020 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.