What is Dry Eye and how can I treat it? 

What is Dry Eye and how can I treat it? 

 

Do your eyes burn, tear, water, get red, feel sandy/gritty or like you have something in them?  Does your vision blur in and out of focus causing you to have to blink a lot to re-focus after long hours of screen time? Do your eyelids itch sometimes or do you develop “crusties” on your lashes?  If you answered yes to any of these then you more than likely suffer from a condition commonly known as Dry Eye Syndrome.  These symptoms are not only annoying but can really cause a lot of discomfort in your day to day life.  Dry Eye Syndrome or Ocular Surface Disease refers to a condition where your eyes can’t regulate its natural tear production by either under producing its own tears, not producing the right quality of tears causing them to evaporate off the eye too quickly, or a combination of other processes.  Dry eye can be acquired by environmental factors, occupational factors, certain medications, certain systemic conditions, etc. 

There are several things one can do to relieve signs and symptoms of dryness: 

If you feel like you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please contact our office today for an appointment as our doctors are very experienced at recognizing different types of dry eye and providing the proper treatment for you. 

Author
Dr. Mary Hardy Mary Hardy, OD, is a caring, knowledgeable medical optometrist who specializes in treating red eye, dry eye, glaucoma, eye disease, and eye infections. Originally from Mississippi, Dr. Hardy graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Mississippi State University. She earned her doctor of optometry at Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, where she graduated with honors.