Understanding and Treating Dry Eyes
Dry eye disease is a syndrome caused by the body not producing adequate tears to lubricate the eye. The adequacy of tears depends on their quantity and quality. If the body does not have enough tears or produces poor-quality tears, it can lead to dry eyes. Dry eyes can cause a stinging or burning sensation that can damage the eye if left untreated. Here at Lisa M. McDevitt, O.D. in Reading, our team can help patients suffering from dry eye disease. We can alleviate eye pain and restore lubrication to your eyes.
Why Do People Develop Dry Eyes?
There is a multitude of causes for dry eye disease. People who are required to take certain medicines are prone to developing the disorder. People who take medications like beta-blockers for hypertension and migraines should be keenly aware that their medication can lead to the occurrence of dry eyes. Antihistamines and decongestants are also known to cause dry eyes. People who take antidepressants, drugs for urinary incontinence, COPD, chemotherapy, and radiation can be more prone to developing dry eyes.
Symptoms Associated with Dry Eye
One of the most noticeable symptoms associated with dry eye disease is eye discomfort. People suffering from this condition may experience a burning sensation along with eye redness and an itchy feeling. People who often experience dry eyes have a sensitivity to light and blurry vision. Dry eyes can make it harder to wear contacts and drive at night.
How an Optometrist Can Help
Visiting our optometrist can make a significant impact on your dry eyes. Our eye doctor will assess your medical history and find the root cause of your dry eye disease. We evaluate your overall eye health, including your tear glands and cornea's health, to provide additional information about the source of your symptoms. Often, we manage dry eye disease with simple changes in your daily routine. As part of your consultation, we will work with you to find a daily routine beneficial to your eyes. Prescribing lubricating eye drops may be necessary, depending on your situation with dry eyes.
Contact Us for an Eye Exam from Our Reading Optometrist
If you are suffering from dry eye disease, our optometry team here at Lisa M. McDevitt, O.D. can help patients in and around the Reading area. If the condition is left untreated, it can lead to corneal ulcers and can affect your vision. Dry eye disease can also cause swelling of the eyes and scratches on the corneal surface. To learn more about dry eye disease or schedule an eye appointment, call us at (610) 796-1300 today for quality eye care.