Dry Eyes

Simply Eyes -  - Optometrist

Simply Eyes

Optometrists located in Colleyville, TX

Dry eye syndrome, usually just called dry eyes, develops when your eyes are not properly lubricated. Although it does not sound like a major problem, dry eyes can actually cause considerable irritation, pain, and even corneal defects or infections. The good news is that the Simply Eyes team in Colleyville has the dry eye treatment that can give you fast relief, so book online or by calling the office today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are the signs and symptoms that I have dry eyes?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of dry eyes may include:

  • Eyes that persistently feel dry
  • Scratchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Feeling of something foreign in your eye
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light
  • Blurry vision

Some dry eyes sufferers also have watery eyes. But, those tears are entirely water, while genuine tears also include oil and mucus for lubrication.

What causes dry eyes?

There are two main causes: underactive tear glands and irregular chemical composition of tears. The most common underlying reasons for these problems include:

Aging

Although it is not an automatic effect of aging, dry eye is most common after age 40.

Medications

Antihistamines, hypertension drugs, antidepressants, oral contraceptives, and acne drugs are common causes of dry eyes.

Climate

If you live in a dry climate with little-to-no moisture in the air, you are more likely to develop dry eyes.

Fixed staring

Computer vision syndrome, which is triggered by staring too long at a computer or other screen without blinking, can be a common factor in dry eyes.

Systemic diseases

Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, thyroid disorders, and Sjögren’s syndrome can all be connected to dry eyes.

Other factors may also play a role. For example, some patients who suffer from turned-out eyelids (ectropion) or turned-in eyelids (entropion) may develop dry eyes. No matter why you are suffering, the Simply Eyes team has solutions for you.

How is dry eye treated?

Treatment may include one or more of the following.

Artificial tears

Eye drops that mimic your tears moisturize your eyes to reduce redness, burning, and scratchiness. Your doctor may also prescribe eye drops that help you make more natural tears. You may need steroid eye drops for severe inflammation.

New contacts

Switching to contacts that are better for dry eyes may help.

Procedures

Punctal plugs are small inserts, placed by your eye doctor, that block your tear ducts and help you retain moisture. They either dissolve naturally over time (collagen) or require removal by your eye doctor (silicone). In extreme cases, you may need surgery to permanently seal your tear ducts closed.

Your doctor at Simply Eyes will provide relief for your symptoms. There is no reason to suffer from dry eyes any longer, so click the “schedule an appointment” button or call Simply Eyes to make your appointment now.