When paying a visit to the Springfield Opticians of Pennsylvania, you can expect the eye doctor to provide you with a range of services, from emergency eye care to contact lens fittings. One of our specialty services is the treatment for dry eye syndrome, a condition where the patient isn't able to produce enough tears or poor quality tears. Dry eye syndrome is fairly common, but the good news is that there are plenty of treatment options for dealing with dry eye. Our team at Springfield Opticians provides quality eye care for patients dealing with dry eye.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Simply put, dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes don't have enough moisture for lubrication. Because your eyes are covered with living cells, they need moisture to keep those cells functioning. Tears function to keep your eyes wet and smooth, helping to focus on light and clarity.
Dry eye can either occur from the tear glands dysfunctioning or the tears drying up too quickly. There are a variety of causes behind dry eye, with the most notable examples including high blood pressure medications, anti-anxiety medications, antihistamines, wearing contact lenses, undergoing eye surgery, having an autoimmune disease, or living in a dry environment. Dry eye syndrome causes eye irritation and, in some cases, eyesight malfunction. Eye health experts recommend getting treatment for dry eye when it occurs as soon as possible.
How to Identify the Symptoms of Dry Eye
The first step to getting treated is to spot the symptoms. In the case of dry eye, you should notice an inadequate amount of moisture in your eyes. This could also manifest through stinging, scratching, or burning sensations. Some people also experience sensitivity to light or eye redness.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Dry Eye
The most common remedy for dry eye is over-the-counter eye drops that provide tear lubrication. There are also prescribed eye drops that are more effective at producing or retaining moisture. Some medications will stimulate the production of tears. Nutritional counseling is sometimes used for treatment, with the patient advised to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Our team can provide the patient with contact lenses that are specifically designed for people with dry eye syndrome who also need vision correction.
Treating Dry Eye in Springfield, PA
Springfield Opticians offers eye care services for our patients in and around Holmes, Chadds Ford, and Springfield. If you are interested in learning more about our dry eye treatments and remedies, contact one of our offices near you to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.