Dry eyes occur when tears cannot provide the adequate moisture our eyes need to feel good. It is a condition in which a person does not have enough quality tears to lubricate or nourish the eye. Several factors can contribute to dry eye such as working or living in windy, arid, and hot environments, prescription medications, age, and heredity. Symptoms can vary widely from person to person. People with dry eyes may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or a burning sensation in the eyes. One way to describe a common symptom is the feeling that something is in your eye. Symptoms can appear suddenly, or gradually. In addition to being uncomfortable when left untreated, dry eyes can result in a decreased tolerance for reading, working on the computer, or any activity that requires sustained visual attention.
If you have dry eyes, you might experience one or more of the following symptoms including:
One way to determine if you have the condition is to have your eye doctor perform a dry eye test during your eye exam. Whether you are experiencing mild or sever dry eye symptoms, see your eye doctor as soon as you can.
A wide range of treatments, medications, procedures, and modifications are available to treat dry eye and reduce its symptoms. During your comprehensive eye exam, we will determine the best treatment to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. And, to prevent your vision from being affected. Contact us today to book your comprehensive eye exam, or call us at (805) 522-7007 to learn more about our dry eye treatment options.