Dry eye affects millions of Americans. Whether your dry eye is from staring at your computer for too long or an underlying medical condition, it can impact your everyday life. Our eye doctor in Carlsbad will effectively treat your dry eye. At Modern Eyes Optometry, we provide quality eye care services, including dry eye treatment. Dr. Wang and our team have gathered a few of the questions that we run into regarding dry eye.

What Is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a common eye condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears produced do not have enough lubrication for the eye. Why does your eye need tears? Your eyes need lubrication to enable your eyelids to blink without pain, and so your eyes move around in their sockets freely.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Physical factors or situational triggers can cause dry eye syndrome. Tears are composed of water, oil, and mucus. If the oil-producing gland becomes clogged, the tears may not have the right lubrication. Dry eye is often situational. For instance, if you work for long hours staring at a computer screen, your eyes may dry out. Other situations, such as riding a bike without proper eye protection can result in dry eye.

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Typical dry eye signs include red, itchy, and irritated eyes. You may feel as if you have a foreign object in your eyes. You may also experience mild light sensitivity and blurred vision. While dry eye isn’t a vision-threatening condition in the short term, it can become complicated if left untreated. With this in mind, see an optometrist if you have symptoms of dry eye.

How Does an Optometrist Treat My Dry Eye?

Treating your dry eye depends on the cause. Eye drops are recommended for age-related dry eye symptoms. If the environment is the cause, we may prescribe contact lenses or eyeglasses to protect your eyes. Lifestyle changes may also be necessary if your work environment is the cause. Finally, treatment of the oil glands is an option to improve the quality and frequency of tear production.

Contact Our Eye Doctor in Carlsbad, CA

Are you experiencing dry eye symptoms? Don’t delay your treatment. Call our team at Modern Eyes Optometry today at (760) 678-0008 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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