Dry Eyes Specialist
Classic Vision Care
OPTOMETRY LOCATED IN KENNESAW, GA
& MARIETTA, GA
Dry Eyes Q & A
What are dry eyes?
Dry eyes is another name for dry eye disease. If you suffer from dry eyes, your eyes don’t create enough quality tears. When you blink, your tears cover your cornea in a thin layer called the tear film. Your tear film is important because it protects and nourishes your corneas.
What causes dry eyes?
There are several potential causes and contributing factors. The most common of these are:
Dry eyes are more common as you age. It’s most common in men and women over 50, and most adults over 65 suffer from dry eyes at some point.
Allergies often reduce eye moisture. Many allergy sufferers use antihistamines regularly, which further dries the eyes.
Some medications negatively affect tear production, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and some hypertension medications.
If you experience blepharitis (eyelid inflammation), rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid disease you can be more likely to have dry eyes.
Environment and lifestyle
Many with computer vision syndrome also have dry eyes, at least in part due to extended screen time. Living in a very dry climate could also contribute, as can many other environmental and lifestyle factors.
Hormone changes, particularly the surges and dips that happen during pregnancy and menopause, can contribute to dry eyes.
If you think one or more of these factors could contribute to your dry eyes, discuss it with your Classic Vision Care eye doctor to get customized help.
How can I tell if I have dry eyes?
The following symptoms are often indicators of dry eyes.
- Grainy feeling eyes
- Feeling there’s a foreign body in your eyes
- Burning eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Watery eyes
- Blurry vision
It’s important to see your Classic Vision Care optometrist quickly if you suspect you have dry eye disease. If dry eyes aren’t diagnosed and treated, you could develop corneal scratches and abrasions and possibly even lasting vision impairment.
How are dry eyes treated?
Your optometrist reviews your symptoms and may also perform tests to measure your tear quality and production.
Based on this information, your optometrist can recommend personalized solutions like artificial tears, prescription eye drops, or special ointments to boost your tear production.
Your Classic Vision Care optometrist also recommends small changes, like drinking more water and controlling exposure to irritants, to reduce your dry eye disease symptoms.
Don’t despair about dry eyes any longer. Call Classic Vision Care or book your appointment online for dry eyes treatment in the Atlanta area now.
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