What to Know About Dry Eye Provided by an Optometrist in
Seven Locations in GA
Dry eyes don't sound like a problem that's a medical concern. However, it's an uncomfortable problem. In some cases, it's a sign of an underlying issue. At DePoe Eye Center, our optometrist in 7 locations: McDonough, Griffin, Macon, Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, and Atlanta, GA, may identify the cause of your dry eye and treat the problem.
About Dry Eye
Dry eye is a condition that occurs when your eyes are dry. It occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears or make poor quality ones. Often, you experience pain, redness, scratchiness, or a gritty feeling in one or both of your eyes. It could feel like you have something in your eyes. Some people's eyes compensate for the dryness with excessive tearing while other people notice that they have stringy mucus in their eyes. Unfortunately, dry eyes don't only cause discomfort. In some cases, it interferes with your sight, especially at night.
These symptoms may arise as a result of wearing contacts. Some people experience dry eyes as a result of their age or heredity. Certain medical conditions and medications could be the culprit as well. Laser eye surgery can lead to dry eye.
Diagnosing Dry Eye
Part of the diagnostic process may consist of a vision evaluation. Also, part of diagnosing dry eye consists of gathering your medical history and inquiring about your problem. Sometimes, that alone is enough to determine you have dry eyes and the cause of it.
Our optometrist may want to measure the volume and quality of your tears using various tests. Our optometrist will also want to view the inside of your eye and look for any visible signs of an issue.
Dry Eye Treatment
In the less serious cases where you only have mild symptoms or occasional ones, our eye care practitioner will advise you to use over-the-counter eye drops. In the more serious cases, our optometrist may provide you with prescription eye drops that better hydrate your eyes. If your dry eyes are from a medical condition, our doctor may recommend you visit your primary care physician or specialist to better manage your condition while also providing you with temporary relief. Our eye doctor may also recommend you switch medications to prevent this side effect if it's a drug-induced issue. Tear-stimulating medications, eye inserts, and artificial tears using your blood are possible solutions, too.
Get relief of your dry eye symptoms by contacting DePoe Eye Center with an optometrist in 7 locations: McDonough, Griffin, Macon, Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, and Atlanta, GA. Schedule an appointment for dry eye treatment at any of our offices by calling 770-474-1237 today.