Dry eye is a syndrome in which the eye is not producing high enough quality fluid to keep hydrated and protected. Many people with dry eye may experience irritation, scratchy or burning eyes, or even blurred vision. In a normal eye, tears are produced to protect, clean, and keep infection out of the eye. Tears are necessary for the health of your eyes. If you are experiencing dry eye, you either have an inadequate amount of tears or poor quality of tears. Dry eye can also be associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid problems.
If you are experiencing dry eye in Greenville, South Carolina, please contact us to schedule an eye exam so we can diagnose the root cause of your symptoms and recommend the proper treatment for relief.
Common Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
- Medical conditions – rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid problems, menopause
- Environment – air conditioning, smoke, wind, staring at a computer for long lengths of time, dry climate, etc.
- Certain medications
Dry Eye Treatments
While there are many options to treat dry eye syndrome, you should first consult a physician and receive a full exam. Dry eye can be caused by multiple sources, so it is important to first diagnose the source of the issue so that it may be properly treated. During the exam, we will examine your eyes, test the quality of your tears, and look at your medical history. The cornea and eyelids will also be examined to determine options for treatment.
Once a proper medical examination has been performed, Dr. Donelson will then prescribe a course of treatment. These treatments range from artificial tears (eye drops) to steroids to possibly surgery.
Treatment for dry eyes involves a simple, non-surgical procedure that provides long-term relief using tiny silicone plugs called punctal plugs. Punctal plugs have a very high rate of success and can be inserted easily and painlessly by Dr. Donelson. The plugs are inserted into your tear drainage ducts where they act as a dam. Your tears have no place to go but onto the surface of your eyes!
To learn more about dry eye relief options in Greenville, South Carolina, contact us to schedule an eye exam.