Our Optometrists in Casper & Douglas Explain What Causes Dry Eyes
Dry eye syndrome is common, but an uncomfortable condition, and a problem we see a lot, given the dry and windy climate of Casper and Douglas. The occasional bout of dry eye can quickly become chronic when you go from one air conditioned room to the next. If you suffer from dry eyes, we can help. Start by learning more about this condition and the treatment options available for it, so you can get relief.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition that interferes with what an optometrist calls the tear film. Your eyes depend on an even flow of tears for lubrication. It is that liquid film that keeps them comfortable. The tear film is also a key element in vision.
Tears look like water but they also have the oils, mucus, antibodies and special proteins necessary for eye health. When the tear film is out of balance, you feel:
- Sensitivity to light
- Gritty eyes
Your eyes may become red and your vision blurred, as well. Occasionally, tears may run down your face. This is known as reflex tearing and it is your body’s way of attempting to create more lubrication.
Causes Dry Eye Syndrome
There are a few possible causes but the most likely culprit is the Wyoming environment. Air conditioning, heat, wind and smoke all dry out the tear film. For some people, there is an underlying medical problem interfering with tear production. Damage to the tear glands from disease or even medication can lead to dry eyes. Sometimes, dry eyes are a side effect of wearing contact lenses and/or just growing older.
Treatment Available for Dry Eyes
At The Eye Institute of Wyoming, P.C., our optometrists, and staff work with you to alleviate your dry eyes and restore the tear film. The exact treatment will depend on the cause. If you wear contact lenses, we might recommend a special brand designed as a dry eye treatment.
We’ll discuss lifestyle changes that can help relieve your discomfort, too. You can buy over the counter products such as artificial tears to provide lubrication, for example. We’ll talk to you about taking breaks often to give your eyes a rest, especially if your job places you in front of a computer all day. Massaging your eyelids can help stimulate tear production and make you more comfortable, as well.
We will also go over some medical options to treat your dry eyes, especially if your condition is severe. We may need to consider a medical intervention such as drug therapy or a cutting edge treatment to improve your eye health. Our goal is to figure out why your eyes are dry and develop a specialized care plan in response.
Schedule an Appointment with one of our Optometrists in Casper or Douglas Today!
If you find yourself rubbing your eyes a lot, you may have dry eye syndrome. Contact us at our Casper location at 307-235-5384 or Douglas Location at 307-358-2900 to make an appointment. We will evaluate your eye health and come up with a treatment plan to help.