If your eyes frequently feel dry and irritated, you may have a chronic condition known as dry eye. At Classic Vision Care in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Mital Patel offers diagnostic and treatment services to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye and restore your eye health. Learn more about dry eye treatments by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.
Dry eye disease is a chronic condition where you don’t produce enough tears to nourish your eyes, or the tears you produce aren’t sufficient to properly lubricate your eyes.
Eyes produce tears to maintain the health of your eye’s surface and provide clear vision. Each time you blink, tears move across your cornea, providing nourishment and protection. Tears help wash away debris and irritants to keep the front of your eye clear and clean.
With dry eye, you may experience the persistent feeling of having something in your eye. Other dry eye symptoms include:
If left untreated, dry eye can result in corneal damage and vision impairments.
Dry eye can be the result of many factors, including:
Women may be at an increased risk for developing dry eye due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause.
You may also be at an increased risk for the condition if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. In many cases, too much screen time can result in a failure to blink correctly, which can impact tear production and lead to dry eye disease.
Dr. Patel performs a thorough eye exam and discusses your symptoms. She may also perform a test to measure the quality and amount of tears your eyes produce. Using a special strip of paper, Dr. Patel touches it to your eye to measure the moisture content and quality.
Dr. Patel offers a variety of treatments to alleviate the discomfort of persistent dry eye. She may recommend treatments, such as artificial tears, to relieve mild symptoms of dry eye.
For more severe cases, Dr. Patel may recommend prescription eye drops or ointments that increase your natural tear production.
In addition to treatment, Dr. Patel also provides guidance to help prevent the recurrence of dry eye, including at-home eye care advice and reminders to drink plenty of water and reduce exposure to irritants.