Dry Eye Disease affects millions of people and can impact both comfort and quality of vision. This condition occurs when there are not enough tears being produced, or when the quality of tears is not adequate enough to protect the front of the eye. Common symptoms of dry eye include feeling as though the eyes are burning, itchy, gritty, or feeling like there is “something in the eye.” While Dry Eye Disease (DED) can affect anyone, risk factors for the condition include increased age, female gender, smoking, diet, and a variety of systemic diseases.
Dry Eye Evaluation
Our doctors of optometry will perform a comprehensive examination on your eyes using a specialized microscope, called a slit lamp, to evaluate you for many disease such as dry eye. In order to address dry eye complaints, your optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye examination and complete a thorough medical history. Additional testing may be performed to determine the amount of tears being produced and/or the evaporation rate of the tears. DED is most commonly caused by an inadequate amount of tears being produced. Tear production tends to naturally decrease with age, and additionally can be diminished by a variety of medications or systemic diseases. In these cases, in which there are less tears being produced than needed, the front surface of the eye is not receiving the amount of nourishment it requires and dry eye symptoms are experienced.
Dry Eye Treatment
A variety of treatments for DED exist including over-the-counter drops, prescription medications, in-office procedures, and lifestyle and behavior changes such as warm compresses or lid scrubs. Dry eye is a very manageable condition when treated properly with appropriate therapies. Call us at 816.331.9590 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about dry eye and how the team at Innovative Vision Care can help you.