Dry Eye FAQs

Dry eye syndrome is a relatively common and treatable condition. The optometrists at Christenson Vision Care in Hudson, WI can provide dry eye treatment to help with your symptoms.

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when your eyes don't produce enough natural tears to keep your eyes moist. It can also occur when the tears that you produce are poor quality and they evaporate too quickly before your eye stays moist.

What Are the Symptoms Of Dry Eye?

The symptoms of dry eye can make you uncomfortable and they can also affect your vision. The symptoms include:

  • A sensation that there is something in your eye
  • Burning eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes

What Causes Dry Eye?

There are several causes for dry eye. Common causes include:

  • Age: As you get older, your eyes produce fewer tears.
  • Medication: Dry eye is a side effect of certain medications, including decongestants, antihistamines, birth control pills, antidepressants, acne medication, and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions can result in dry eye such as diabetes, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems, and vitamin A deficiency.
  • Post Laser Surgery: Laser surgery can cause dry eye, however, in most cases, it is only temporary.
  • Frequent Computer Use: Staring at the bright light of a computer and not blinking enough can cause dry eye.
  • Environmental Conditions: Exposure to smoke, wind, and dry air can cause dry eye.

How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?

Dry eye can be diagnosed during an annual eye exam. If our optometrists suspect that you have dry eye, they will discuss your medical history to determine if your health or the medications that you take could be causing the issue. Our eye doctors will also measure your tear production using the Schirmer test. Our doctors of optometry would place a blotting strip under your lower lid. When five minutes have passed, they will check the strip to measure the number of tears that have been soaked up on the paper.

How Is Dry Eye Treated?

In mild cases of dry eye, our optometrists may prescribe artificial tears to provide moisture to your eyes. They might also prescribe medication to help you produce more natural tears. In more severe cases, more invasive treatments may be necessary.

  • Eye Inserts: Tiny inserts would be placed between your lower lid and your eye and dissolve slowly, keeping your eyes moist.
  • Punctal Plugs: Punctal plugs are placed in the tear ducts to keep the tears from leaving your eyes too quickly.
  • Scleral Lenses: These are unique lenses that protect the surface of the eye while trapping in moisture.

If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye, schedule an appointment with Christenson Vision Care in Hudson, WI. Our doctors of optometry can create a treatment plan to treat the condition. Contact us at 715-381-1234.

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