Dry Eye Specialist

Eye Surgeons Associates

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in Canton, MI & Monroe, MI

More than three million Americans complain of some form of dry eye each year. This can occur if your eyes don’t make enough tears, or if they evaporate too quickly. Fortunately, the team at Eye Surgeons Associates in Canton and Monroe, Michigan, offers many dry eye treatments to soothe your eyes and allow you to feel comfortable once again. To find out if you have dry eyes, call Eye Surgeons Associates.

Dry Eye

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition in which your tears aren’t nourishing or lubricating your eyes. This typically occurs for one of two reasons: your eyes can’t make enough tears or your tears lack the compounds that help lubricate the eyes.

While dry eye may seem like a harmless condition, it can feel debilitating for many people. Dry eye makes it difficult to read for long periods of time, look at a computer screen, or see without blurry vision.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

You might not be able to tell if your eyes feel dry, so look out for the following dry eye symptoms:

  • Eyelids that feel heavy
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye discharge
  • Red eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Discomfort while wearing contact lenses
  • Burning eyes
  • Stinging eyes
  • Blurry vision

Another symptom of dry eye is feeling like something is stuck in your eye when there’s nothing there. You can also experience bouts of excess tears followed by long periods of dry eyes.

What causes dry eye?

While many factors can cause dry eye, some of the most common include:

  • Long-term contact lens wear
  • Allergies
  • Pregnancy
  • Lasik®
  • Staring at a computer screen
  • Not blinking enough
  • Thyroid disease
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Parkinson’s disease medications
  • Oral birth control
  • Certain blood pressure medications
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Tobacco smoke

Certain irritants like air conditioning or heaters can also cause dry eye to develop over time.

How is dry eye treated?

There are many noninvasive dry eye treatments that your provider at Eye Surgeons Associates can employ to help relieve your symptoms, such as:

Medication

Cyclosporine, an anti-inflammatory medication, and corticosteroid eye drops can help relieve dry eye symptoms. 

Supplements

Adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet can help lubricate your eyes and reduce eye discomfort.

Underlying condition treatment

If you have a medical condition that causes dry eye, treating the root of the problem or switching medication may help lubricate your eyes.

Contact lens change

Wearing your contact lenses less frequently or changing the type of lenses you wear may improve the symptoms of dry eye.

You can also help relieve dry eye symptoms by avoiding dry conditions, using a humidifier, resting your eyes periodically, or even closing your tear ducts temporarily to keep moisture in your eyes.

If dry eye is preventing you from feeling your best, call Eye Surgeons Associates.