When someone is suffering from dry eye, they may have a wide range of symptoms. This is an increasingly common eye condition that can be irritating and painful for the eyes, but there are ways that it can be treated. If you need an eye doctor to treat your dry eye, contact Alice Family Eye Center in Alice to schedule your eye exam.
Causes of Dry Eye
There are two main causes of dry eye which are not having enough tear film on the outside of the eyes and having tear film that is not of good quality. Many factors can cause one of these two, or both, to occur and lead to dry eye. The cause is often that the sufferer spends long hours in front of a computer screen. This can cause the eyes not to blink enough and this leads to a tear film that is too quick to evaporate.
It can also be caused by a lot of wind reaching the eyes, such as when running or riding a bike, or being in a room that has too much air-conditioning. If you have a fan that points toward your face, this can also cause it. If you take allergy medications, antidepressants, or a host of other medications, this can also cause the condition.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Dry eye can have the obvious effect of making your eyes feel too dry, but there are several other symptoms as well. You may feel eye strain or eye fatigue, or you may have pain in your eyes that feels like burning or stinging. Many people with dry eye have eyes that turn red and feel irritated. As the body overcompensates for the dryness, the eyes may water. It's common to have long strings of mucus under or in the eyes. You may also get headaches with this condition.
Treatment for Dry Eye
There are several great ways to treat dry eye that an eye doctor can use to relieve the condition and its symptoms. One of these methods is to prescribe specialty eye drops that are made to fight the inflammation of the eyes as well as add moisture to the tear film. Patients can also buy over-the-counter eye drops and use them for quick relief, though they don't work as well as the prescription variety.
Contact Our Optometrist in Alice, TX
If you're suffering from the symptoms of dry eye, contact Dr. Garza to have your eyes examined for dry eye and other eye health issues. Call our team at Alice Family Eye Center today at (361) 668-3937 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.