Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis and Treatment
Do your eyes feel constantly irritated and dry? You could be dealing with dry eye. At True Focus Eye Care in Port Richey, FL, our expert optometrist is dedicated to helping you find relief from dry eye symptoms. Using the latest technology and our expertise, we’ll accurately pinpoint the cause of your dry eye and develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your unique needs.
What is dry eye?
Dry eye disease, also known as dry eye syndrome or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can lead to discomfort, irritation, and vision problems. Tears play a crucial role in maintaining eye health by lubricating the eye, washing away foreign bodies and irritants, and protecting against infections. That’s why early evaluation and treatment are key to managing dry eye symptoms and preventing potential complications.
What causes dry eye?
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is the most common cause of dry eyes. MGD is an inflammatory disorder that affects the meibomian glands in your eyelids. These glands produce an important component of your tears called lipids, which help to coat and protect your eyes. However, when the glands become blocked or clogged with oil, it can lead to dry eye syndrome.
Other causes of dry eye include:
- Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, and menopause
- Certain medications such as antihistamines and decongestants
- Certain diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid problems
- Exposure to cold, smoke, and dry climates
- Activities like driving, reading, computer use, or watching TV cause you to blink less often, and blinking less can also cause dry eye.
What are the symptoms of dry eye?
Common symptoms of dry eye disease include:
- Dryness or a sandy, gritty sensation in the eyes
- Burning or stinging sensations
- Redness or inflammation
- Excessive tearing or watery eyes (paradoxically, as the eye tries to compensate for the dryness)
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Blurred vision or difficulty seeing clearly
- Eye fatigue or tiredness, especially after reading, working on a computer, or watching TV
- Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
- Mucus or stringy discharge in or around the eyes
- The sensation of having something in your eye (foreign body sensation)
If you notice consistent dry eye symptoms, schedule an appointment with your optometrist. It’s always better to be proactive and get any eye concerns checked out as soon as possible.
How is dry eye diagnosed?
During a comprehensive eye exam at True Focus Eye Care, our eye doctor will perform a series of tests to diagnose dry eye syndrome. Tests may include evaluating your tear quality, volume, evaporation rate, and chemical composition. After your exam, our doctor can recommend a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Our goal is to help alleviate or even eliminate your symptoms, so you can get back to feeling comfortable and confident in your daily life.
How do you treat dry eye syndrome?
If you’re experiencing dry eye syndrome, we’re here to help you find relief. There are many effective treatments available to address this common condition, and we can work with you to find the best treatment option for your specific case.
The key to finding the right treatment for your dry eye is to work closely with your eye care provider to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms. From there, we can develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and relieves any discomfort.
Some common treatments for dry eye include:
- Prescription eye drops to reduce inflammation
- Treating oil glands
- Lifestyle changes such as reducing screen time or avoiding dry environments
- Blinking exercises or proper eyelid hygiene
If an infection is causing your dry eye symptoms, our eye doctor may recommend low-dose antibiotics to treat the infection. In some cases, more serious or chronic dry eye may require additional treatments, such as surgery or therapy.
Schedule an appointment at True Focus Eye Care
With proper care from an experienced professional, dry eye syndrome can be managed effectively so that you can enjoy comfortable vision. If you’re experiencing dryness or discomfort in your eyes, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us in Port Richey. We’re here to help you find the relief you need and get back to enjoying life to the fullest!