Arizona Eye Center Procedures – Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome: Dry eye syndrome occurs when the body does not produce enough tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. It can also result from an imbalance in the components of the tears. Tears are composed of a mixture of oil, water, and mucus, and help maintain the surface health of the eye, help provide clear vision, and help protect your eyes from infection.
Dry eyes are uncomfortable. Scratchiness, stinging, and burning sensations are common symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome. Other symptoms include sensitivity to light, eye redness, eye fatigue, and blurred vision. If left untreated, dry eye syndrome may eventually lead to increased eye infections, scarring of the cornea, and vision problems.
Age is a common risk factor associated with dry eye syndrome. Many people also have medical conditions that reduce tear production such as diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disease. Even some medications can lead to dry eyes, including antihistamines, decongestants, some acne medications, and some high blood pressure medications.
Eye drops that claim to reduce redness can actually make the dry eye condition worse. Mild dry eyes can generally be controlled with artificial tears. However, if the symptoms are more severe and persistent, the type of treatment is often dependent on what is causing the dry eyes. If caused by a medical condition or medication use, treating the condition or changing the medication are frequent treatment options. Other treatments include prescription medications, unblocking oil glands, closing tear drains, or oral natural supplements.
At Arizona Eye Center, we treat patients with dry eye syndrome every day. We carefully evaluate dry eye syndrome through comprehensive eye exams and various tests that measure the volume and quality of your tears, and prepare individualized plans of treatment to help restore your eye health and improve tear production.