Frequently Asked Questions about Dry Eye at Our Optometry Center
Dry eye is an extraordinarily common affliction, yet many of the people who struggle with its symptoms don't understand what's going on or what they can do to get better. If you're in that unfortunate boat, check out these answers to frequently asked questions about dry eye from us at Eye Care Center. Our optometry center serves Maple Grove, Maplewood, and Fridley.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a syndrome related to a problem with your tear production or tear consistency. You may not be producing enough tears, or the tears you're producing may not be creating the right kind of tear film.
What Is the Tear Film?
The tear film is the coating of tears that replenishes itself every time you blink. A normal tear film includes a mucous layer, a hydrating water layer, and an outer layer of oil to lubricate the eye and prevent evaporation.
Why Am I Not Producing Enough Tears?
Many people experience dryness issues and reduced tear production as they age. You may also have a medical condition or take medications that cause your tear ducts to produce less fluid. Even if you produce enough tears, windy environments or insufficient blinking (which often accompanies heavy computer use) can cause your eyes to dry out.
What Are the Causes of Tear Film Imbalances?
Many tear film imbalances involve blockages of the oil-producing meibomian glands in the eyelids. The lack of oil in the tear films causes the water to evaporate too quickly.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Dry eye causes redness, irritation, a gritty feeling in the eyes, eye fatigue, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. Severe, untreated cases can even contribute to corneal problems.
How Does Your Optometry Clinic Confirm a Case of Dry Eye?
Our optometry clinic can examine your eyes to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. We also study your tear production and evaluate your tear film composition.
What Treatments Do You Offer for Dry Eye?
We offer different dry eye treatments depending on the underlying cause of your problem. Options include procedures to improve meibomian gland function, lubricating eye drops, artificial tears, lifestyle or work habit changes, and recommendations regarding your healthcare routine or medication regimen.
Get Solutions to Your Dry Eye Issues in Maple Grove, Maplewood, and Fridley
Dry eye can be as frustrating and confusing as it is uncomfortable, but we at Eye Care Center are happy to provide you with answers. Call our Maple Grove, Maplewood, or Fridley office today to schedule an evaluation so we can prescribe the most effective treatment plan for your eyes!