What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye, or ocular surface disease, is a condition that effects the surface of the eye due to a lack of lubrication. This lack of lubrications could be due to either an underproduction or overproduction of tears. When the eye cannot produce tears or is rapidly producing tears due to a lack of oil in the lipid layer, the surface of the eye is exposed and will become irritated.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Those affected by Dry Eye may experience one or multiple of the following symptoms:
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye Strain
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to wind
- Contact Lens Intolerance
Is it Allergies or Dry Eye?
While allergies can lead to dry eye symptoms, chronic dry eye is an actual condition. If you experience dry, itchy or tired eyes during seasonal changes or when faced with pollen or debris, it is likely that it is simply an allergy symptom that can be relieved with over-the-counter drops or allergy medication.
When symptoms are prolonged and non-prescribed medications are not relieving your pain, it may be due to chronic dry eye. Dry Eye is not a curable condition, but is treatable. Our expert optometrists and ophthalmologists in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley will help you find a treatment plan that is uniquely made for you and your lifestyle.
Dry Eye Treatment
Because the causes of dry eye vary person to person, treatment must be tailored to get desired relief. Some treatment options include:
- Over the Counter Eye Drops
- Prescription Eye Drops
- Punctum Plugs
- Oculoplastic Surgery
- At-home remedies, including warm compresses
Dry Eye can become an annoyance and impediment on how you work, sleep and live your life. If you have questions about Dry Eye and your options for treatment, call to schedule an appointment at one of our Tri-city locations.