If you have had dry eyes that feel tired, painful, and irritated, there are some treatments available for the condition. There are a lot of symptoms that come with dry eye, but there are also many ways to help relieve them. If you are looking for dry eye treatment in Richboro, PA, Dr. Kathleen Joyce of Eyecare for You is ready to assist you.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye is technically caused by the eyes having too little tear film or having tear film that is bad quality. Dry eye is more common in older people, as tear production declines with age. It is also common during the winter when there is less moisture in the air. It can be caused by taking specific medications including many antidepressants.
There are also health conditions that can cause dry eye, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, etc. Dry eye can happen if you are in a room that is being over-airconditioned and when you do outdoor activities like bike riding.
How Can I Tell if I Have Dry Eye?
There are a lot of symptoms that can come with dry eye, and you may have just one or two or many of them. Of course, dry eye makes the eyes feel dry. Other symptoms include soreness, stinging, burning, and itching. The eyes may become red and may water as the body tries to compensate for the dryness. The eyes may have stringy mucus coming off of them, and crust may appear in the eyelashes. Dry eye commonly causes the yes to feel tired, and it can cause headaches as well as eye pain.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
Dr. Joyce is a specialist in the treatment and management of dry eye disease. Too often artificial tears are used in lieu of treating the actual underlying problem. Dr. Joyce runs tests that evaluate the ocular surface and tear film problem. She then provides solutions to combat the cause. Her common sense approach to disease management generally involves easy at home therapies and mild lifestyle modifications as the initial solution. If these methods do not alleviate the symptoms or improve the signs of dry eye disease, Dr. Joyce recommends advanced in-office therapies to complete the treatment.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Optometrist in Richboro, PA
If you live in Richboro, PA, contact our office to make your eye exam appointment with Dr. Kathleen Joyce or Dr. Manju Mathew to be assessed for dry eye. Call us today at (215) 485-5384 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.