Put Dry Eyes in Their Place

  • Posted on: May 30 2021
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Eye comfort is something we can easily take for granted. For the most part, we can rely on the glands in the eyes to produce high-quality tears to lubricate the ocular surface. In certain conditions, the treat film may evaporate more quickly than it should. The result is uncomfortable dryness and other symptoms. Statistics show that approximately 5 million Americans experience dry eyes regularly. At Roholt Vision Institute offices, we frequently treat this condition. Here, we discuss how to spot dry eyes and what to do about them. 

The Symptoms of Dry Eye 

  • Redness
  • Watering
  • Scratchy, gritty sensation
  • Itching
  • Easily tired or fatigued eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stinging or burning
  • Blurry vision
  • Heavy or stringy discharge

Dry Eyes are Irritating, But are They Serious?

There are several reasons a person may develop dry eye symptoms. Environmentally, dry eyes may result from wind, a fan or heater blowing toward the face, forced air in an office or home, computer eye fatigue, or a dry climate. Biologically, dry eye may stem from allergies, decreased tear production, or hormonal changes. Fortunately, most treatments for dry eyes successfully correct the problem conservatively.

Treating Dry Eye

At Roholt Vision Institute, we treat dry eyes caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. According to studies, nearly 70% of all cases originate in these glands, which produce the oil present in the tear film. The Lipiflow treatment that we perform is quick, comfortable, and effective at stimulating proper tear production. Some people like to try home remedies first before seeing an ophthalmologist. Whether you are in that boat or you want to promote long-lasting results from your professional treatment, you may try the following:

  • Use an over-the-counter artificial tear product. Avoid eye drops that reduce redness. A standard lubricating eye drop is safest and most effective. 
  • Take supplements such as vitamin A, flaxseed oil, and Omega-3 fatty acid.
  • Place a warm, damp cloth over the eyes for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Take care to remove all eye makeup every night so eyelids remain clean.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses during times of eye irritation. 
  • See an eye doctor to discuss prescription eye drops or meibomian gland expression. 

Our offices in Canfield, North Canton, and Alliance offer friendly, professional care for a wide variety of eye conditions, including dry eye. To schedule a visit, contact an office near you. 

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