Treatments for Dry Eye
We value our eyes, and when they become overly dry, discomfort sets in and affects our ability to see well. Such dryness is often caused by the eye’s inability to produce tears or adequately lubricate the eye, resulting in several symptoms including blurry vision, stinging, burning, eye fatigue, and even redness or pain.
The eye doctors at Coastal Family Eyecare in Pensacola and Orange Beach specialize in dry eye treatment, so we understand what you are going through and can help.
Over-the-Counter Eye Drops
Try applying over-the-counter eye drops, or artificial tears, gels, or ointments. These can bring temporary relief when you need it most.
Modify Your Environment
Avoid windy, smoky, and dry environments as much as possible as they can evaporate whatever tears your eyes do produce. Add a humidifier to your home and office to keep moisture in the air around you. Also, consider filtering the air.
Changes to Diet
Consider making healthy changes to your diet to improve your eye health overall. Also, add supplements such as Omega-3.
Rest Your Eyes
Our eyes are working overtime these days, especially with computers, smartphones, and tablets always at the ready. Be sure to rest your eyes occasionally. Either close them or look outside or to another area that does not require so much intensity.
Wear Contacts Less
If you are a contact lens wearer, try wearing them less frequently. There are also several contact lens options available today, so be sure to explore these with your doctor.
Evaluate Current Medications
Many times, the medications you are taking for a current health condition lead to dry eyes. Determine if this is the cause and try switching to a different medication.
Treat with New Medications
Today there are prescription medications geared specifically toward treating eyes that are overly dry. These may include anti-inflammatory medications, such as corticosteroid for short-term usage or cyclosporine. Others may include tear-stimulating medications.
Plugging Your Tear Ducts
In order to keep the tears that your eyes do produce from disappearing too quickly, your eye doctor may recommend adding temporary or permanent plugs to your tear ducts. The tear ducts are responsible for draining tears away, and plugs will help keep the moisture where you need it most.
Ready for Relief from Dry Eyes?
Dr. Leonard and Dr. Summerton here at Coastal Family Eyecare are ready to help. We will evaluate your symptoms and work with you to provide the best option for relief. Contact our office in Pensacola or Orange Beach today