Dry Eye FAQ

Dry Eye FAQs from Your Mt. Pleasant Optometrist

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that is primarily marked by eyes that aren't as lubricated as they should be. Its name is a slight misnomer – you can have eyes that are very watery, yet still have "dry eye." This is because the type of tears produced when your eyes "water" is not the kind that lubricates your eyes.

woman putting eyedrops in her eye

What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?

A lack of lubrication is at fault, but there are many possible reasons for this problem. For some people, it's a hereditary condition; they just naturally produce lower amounts of lubricating tears. Others have problems with one or more types of tear glands, and some just make less lubricating tears due to aging. In some cases, environmental conditions result in dry eye.

What Are Common Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Itching, redness, and general irritation are the most common symptoms of this syndrome. A gritty feeling and the sensation of something being stuck in your eye are also common. These symptoms can be present in one or both eyes.

In rarer cases, it can be accompanied by light sensitivity, excess mucus production, difficulty wearing contact lenses, and eye watering. Unfortunately, the type of tears produced by watery eyes is not lubricating, so it doesn't help the condition.

How Can Our Mt. Pleasant Optometrist Help?

First, Dr. H. Arnold Papernick will examine your eyes and your tears to pin down just what is causing the problem. If no obvious physical cause is found, he may ask about your living and working environments to find out if external factors are interfering with your eyes.Then, a proper plan for dry eye treatment will be devised. For most, this will involve using lubricating eye drops to provide the missing protection. However, if you have tear gland malfunction, other treatments may be advised to help get the glands and their ducts working again.

If your working habits or environment are found to be causing or contributing to your dry eye problems, you'll be given advice for changing this situation. You may be told to sit further away from the computer or take time to look away from the screen. In some cases, the doctor may find that what seems to be dry eye syndrome is actually one part of a different syndrome: computer vision syndrome. In that case, the wider syndrome will be addressed.If you work in a dusty area, safety goggles may be suggested. These can help keep airborne irritants out of your eyes.

Schedule an Appointment with H.Arnold Papernick OD in Mt Pleasant, PA Today!

To get a treatment that will provide you with good dry eye relief, come and visit our Mt. Pleasant optometrist H. Arnold Papernick, OD. Call (724) 547-5711.