Dry eye disease, also called dry eye syndrome, dry eye disorder, or xerophthalmia, is a common condition typically caused by an insufficient production in the quantity and/or quality of tear film. In order to maintain an optimal level of health, your eyes need a consistent production and drainage of tear film for proper nourishment and protection. A lack of tear film can damage the surface of your eyes, potentially leading to serious side effects such as infection and long-term vision impairment.
Despite its prevalence among eye care patients, dry eye disease remains one of the most underdiagnosed eye disorders due to its symptomatic similarities to allergies and other ocular issues. At Cascadia Eye, our experienced team of eye surgeons has the knowledge and expertise to correctly diagnose and treat dry eye disease utilizing some of the most effective techniques available. By successfully treating your specific dry eye symptoms, we can help restore health and comfort back to your eyes.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Symptoms of dry eye disease can not only be uncomfortable, but they can also have an effect on your vision. Some common symptoms include:
- Stinging and/or burning sensations
- Scratchy and/or itchy feelings
- Light sensitivities
- Difficulties wearing contact lenses
- Tired eyes
- Blurred vision (particularly at night)
- Periods of excessive tearing
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome and should be evaluated by an experienced eye care professional to diagnose the condition and help prevent it from worsening.
Causes of Dry Eye
Dry eye symptoms can be caused by a number of elements, some of which are completely out of your control. Potential factors that can have an adverse effect on proper tear film production include:
- Irritation from contact lenses
- Refractive eye surgery
- Environment (climate change, altitude level, sun exposure, air pollution, etc.)
- Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Hormonal fluctuations and imbalances
- Other health issues and/or diseases
The cause of your dry eye disorder can often be a product of one or more factors. Following a thorough eye exam from one of our eye surgeons, we will have a greater understanding of what is causing your dry eyes, which can ultimately help us to treat your symptoms more effectively.
Prior to your eye evaluation, you will be asked to describe the symptoms of your dry eyes, as well as how they affect you on an everyday basis. Once the specific cause has been identified, we will recommend the most effective course of action based on your unique needs. Dry eye treatments can include artificial tear drops, medications and oral supplements, drainage systems, pulsation therapies, and more.
By utilizing the proper dry eye treatment for your unique condition, we can help alleviate your symptoms and restore optimal health to your eyes.
If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of dry eye, please contact Cascadia Eye today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled eye care professionals.