Our Eye Doctor Provides Relief in Humboldt, Ripley, Dyersburg and Jackson, TN
Do you suffer from scratchy eyes, burning, blurriness or constant blinking? Do you look in the mirror and see bloodshot eyes staring back at you? Or perhaps you feel a need to keep rubbing your eyes throughout the day? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may have dry eye syndrome.
Ranked as one of the most frequently diagnosed eye conditions in the United States, our dry eye specialists in West Tennessee can help alleviate your pain.
We perform thorough eye exams at The Eye Care Group offices, located conveniently in Humboldt, Ripley, Dyersburg, and Jackson, TN. Our eye doctors are experienced and knowledgeable about dry eye – how to diagnose it and treat it effectively so you enjoy comfortable vision once again.
Whether you only experience Winter dry eye or you have it year round, there is no reason to wait for relief! Contact us today for an appointment with your leading dry eye specialists in West Tennessee.
What causes dry eye?
Dry eye syndrome is due to a lack of lubricating moisture on the surface of your eyes. This could be caused either by poor tear production or a poor tear composition. When tears do not have enough fatty lipids, they evaporate more quickly and your eyes dry out faster than normal.
A number of health conditions, lifestyle habits, and environmental conditions can lead to dry eye. Examples include:
- Extended time spent reading or viewing a computer screen, which leads to less blinking
- Aging, particularly with females
- A disorder or problem with your tear producing glands, such as blepharitis
- Wearing contact lenses
- Systemic disease, such as rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Side effects of specific medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Strong winds, extreme temperatures and low humidity; during the winter months, cold winds can exacerbate the problem, which is why winter dry eye is so common
- Air-conditioning or heating
- High pollution in your atmosphere, including from cigarette smoke
- Post-LASIK procedures
How is dry eye diagnosed?
If you have the symptoms of dry eye in Humboldt, Ripley, Dyersburg, and Jackson, TN, the most precise way to diagnose this condition is by visiting your dry eye specialists in West Tennessee. Tell us about your lifestyle and your dry eye symptoms, and we will perform a comprehensive eye exam. During your eye exam, we may administer specialized testing, which is quick and painless, to measure the quantity or osmolarity (salt concentration) of your tears, as well as assess the rate of evaporation. A proper diagnosis is required in order to design the best dry eye treatment plan for each individual.
How is dry eye treated?
As soon as the cause of your dry eye is determined, we will outline your personalized treatment options. While there is no foolproof cure for dry eyes, there is a variety of therapies, including:
- Eye lubricants, such as over-the-counter artificial tear eye drops and ointments
- Prescription medication, such as anti-inflammatory drugs to trigger tear production and steroid eye drops. The most common prescription drugs are Restastis and Xiidra.
- Antibiotics to destroy bacteria that are damaging your healthy tear composition
- Artificial tear inserts, which are worn like contact lenses and gradually release moisture into your eyes
- Punctal plugs, which are inserted during an in-office procedure, to block your punctum and prevent/reduce tear drainage
- Eyelid scrubs, especially if you have blepharitis
Is there any way I can prevent my dry eye?
In addition to seeking medical treatment, there are a number of ways to be proactive and help relieve your painful eyes:
- Use a humidifier to increase moisture at home and at work
- Install an air filter to remove airborne irritants
- Try over-the-counter rewetting eye drops (check with your eye doctor about the best brands)
- Wear sunglasses to block wind, especially if you suffer from winter dry eye
- Use warm compresses to unblock tear glands and stimulate tear production
- Fish oil supplements may help enhance the moisturizing lipid content of tears
- Drink enough fluids!
Visit Our Dry Eye Specialists to Restore Your Comfortable Vision
Dry eye is not usually dangerous or sight-threatening, yet it can be very annoying and get in the way of many typical tasks. If you want to enjoy clear and comfortable eyesight once again, contact The Eye Care Group to reserve an appointment in Humboldt, Ripley, Dyersburg, and Jackson, TN.
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