Dry eye develops when your eyes don’t produce a sufficient amount of natural tears or when there’s something wrong with the tears being synthesized. Any issue with tears creates problems because they lubricate your eyes, help focus light for proper vision, flush out dirt, and contain ingredients that maintain eye health.
Inadequate amount of tears
Tear production can be diminished by age, health conditions, and medications. Your tears may also evaporate too quickly in windy and dry climates.
Poor quality tears
Tears contain three separate layers made of oil, water and mucus. The right amount of each component is needed to protect your eyes.
Your eyes feel dry and irritated, making it hard to use electronics and difficult to wear contact lenses. You may also experience:
Diverse health conditions are known to cause dry eyes, including:
Dry eye is also a side effect of many different medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications.
When you go to Mollick Professional Center for dry eyes, your doctor evaluates your medical history, reviews all your medications, and assesses other factors that could cause the problem, because underlying health conditions must be treated along with direct treatment for your eyes.
Your dry eye treatment plan may include any of the following options:
Artificial tears may provide symptom relief. You may also need prescription medications to treat inflammation and to increase tear production.
Your doctor at Mollick Professional Center may insert specialized punctal plugs into your tear ducts to partially or completely stop tears from draining out of your eyes. Punctal plugs can be made of a substance that’s gradually absorbed back into your body, or they may consist of silicone, which can be removed when your condition improves.
Your doctor at Mollick Professional Center helps you identify lifestyle elements that contribute to dry eyes and recommends adjustments you can make to improve your symptoms. For example, simply taking a periodic break from screen time goes a long way toward alleviating symptoms.