Medical experts estimate that millions of Americans experience dry eye syndrome as a result of a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication on the surface of their eyes. Sarah Zaver, OD, FAAO, and Angela Chu, OD, at Frame & Focus Eye Care in Richmond, Texas, expertly diagnose and treat dry eye symptoms with comprehensive eye exams and state-of-the-art treatments. If you have dry, irritated eyes, schedule a professional eye exam by phone or through the online booking system to get the help you need for uncomfortable dry eye symptoms.

Dry Eye Q & A

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

Common symptoms of chronic dry eye syndrome include any of the following:

  • Burning, itchy eyes
  • Eyes that feel heavy or tired
  • Dry, red eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Gritty sensation in your eye

The experienced optometrists at Frame & Focus Eye Care thoroughly examine your eyes to determine the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms. Choosing not to seek treatment for chronically dry eyes can lead to permanent damage on the surface of your eyes.

What causes dry eye syndrome?

A variety of factors can lead to dry eyes. In some cases, your tear ducts may not produce enough tears so there is an insufficient quantity. In other cases, the components that make up your tears are out of balance so they don’t lubricate your eyes as effectively as they should. Sometimes, it’s a combination of both factors, so you suffer from both poor tear quality and insufficient quantity.

For some men and women, the imbalance in tear components makes them evaporate faster than they can lubricate their eyes. Or, perhaps you live in a windy, dry climate or take medication that leads to dry eyes. Other causes of chronic dry eye include:

  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Staring at a computer screen many hours a day
  • Having diabetes
  • Being in menopause
  • The aging process
  • Environmental factors both inside and outside
  • Smoking
  • Having eyelid inflammation problems

Women have a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome than men, and sometimes LASIK surgery or other types of corneal surgeries can cause dry eyes.

How does an optometrist treat dry eye?

Depending on the cause of your symptoms, the primary approaches to treating dry eyes include using artificial tear solutions and conserving the tears your eyes produce on their own. Prescription or over-the-counter eye drops may ease dry eye symptoms in mild cases. If your eyes don’t respond to eye drops, your doctor may recommend plugging your tear ducts so the tears you do produce stay in your eyes longer.

Additionally, you may get relief from eye drops or ointments that help decrease eyelid inflammation, if that is one of the underlying causes of your dry eyes.

To learn more about effective treatments for dry eyes, call the office to schedule an eye exam or use the convenient online booking tool to request an appointment.