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A Cure for Your Dry Eye

Do you suffer from dry eye? If so, you are like millions of others who experience the eye irritation, burning, stinging, or blurry vision associated with this disorder. At the office of Optical Outlets, we provide compassionate, personalized eye care to treat a wide range of conditions. Although there may not be a cure for your dry eye, there are many treatment options available to relieve its symptoms. As a first step in care, we’ll evaluate your case and create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Ordinarily, each time you close your eyes or blink, a layer of moisture spreads across your cornea, washing away debris and lubricating your eyes. With dry eye, the tears that are meant to moisturize, clean and protect your eyes, are either low in quality, or evaporate, leaving your eyes un-replenished, and irritated. This can be caused by aging, environmental factors, certain medications, long-term contact lens wear, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases (such as Sjögren’s Syndrome), or a variety of contributing factors. Our optometrist can examine your eyes and help determine the best treatments to keep moisture in your eyes. Certain lifestyle and environmental factors can be changed, providing relief in some cases. For instance, quitting smoking or avoiding cigarette smoke can make a big difference in the dryness of your eyes. Reducing the amount of air that blows into your eyes, such as when you’re driving or drying your hair. Even deciding to wear glasses or shades on days when it’s windy outside can help provide relief. It’s also important to take breaks from looking at a computer screen. Long periods of time spent staring at a screen can keep your eyes from blinking as much as they should, resulting in the depletion of moisture and protective tears that lubricate your eyes.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

9401 W Colonial Dr #402
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 291-1921

Development of Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye is a common condition that not only causes persistent discomfort, but it can also compromise your vision. With chronic dry eye, you do not have enough quality tears to lubricate, nourish and protect your eyes. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll perform a comprehensive examination as well as discuss your symptoms and review your medical history to diagnose this condition and recommend an appropriate course of care.

Dry eye can present with a number of unpleasant symptoms; including an itchy, burning sensation, blurred vision, eye fatigue or excessive tearing. There are a number of factors which can contribute to dry eye; certain medications, medical conditions and environmental causes can all play a role. The aging also contributes to the development of dry eye, as the amount of tears we produce declines as we get older. Additionally, recent studies show that spending long periods of time looking at a digital screen can be associated with the development of dry eye. It’s wise for computer users and video game afficionados to take breaks and rest their eyes periodically.

Although dry eye rarely causes complications, advanced cases might cause damage to the front surface of the eye. As part of your eye exam, we’ll examine your eyelids, evaluate your blink dynamics and inspect your cornea. We’ll also perform diagnostic tests to evaluate the quantity and quality of your tears. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye. Artificial tears in the form of eye drops and ointments can help minimize dryness and keep your eyes healthy. Anti-inflammatory eyedrops or medication may be recommended as well as drops that increase tear production. In some cases, a tear duct procedure may be suggested to help conserve natural tears and prevent them from draining away.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

9401 W Colonial Dr #402
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 291-1921