Many things can cause the eyes to become dry and uncomfortable. The main causes are not having enough tear film coating the front of the eye and having bad-quality tear film. Both of these causes can have any of a number of reasons. If you have dry eye syndrome or think you might, you need to see one of our optometrists at Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, CO.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
The symptoms of dry eye include having stringy mucus coming from the eyes, blurry vision, painful eyes, double vision, itchy eyes, and eyes that turn red. You may also experience watering eyes, stinging, and burning sensations. Many people also get headaches or have a hard time wearing contact lenses. The eyes may feel dry or irritated and it may feel like there is something in your eyes. If you suspect you have dry eye, you need to get a full eye exam with an optometrist.
Treatments for Dry Eye
Managing your dry eye can take some time to get used to. There are many ways that dry eye can be treated. One of the most effective ways to treat dry eye is with medicated, prescription eye drops. These eye drops can treat the inflammation that can cause your eyes to become irritated as well as add moisture to your eyes. There are also some over-the-counter treatments available. One of these is non-prescription eye drops that quickly add artificial tears to your eyes. This is a fast way to relieve your symptoms and reduce your pain.
Another treatment for dry eye is to get more water into the air. Dry air can cause dry eye to develop. A humidifier can get rid of dry air in your home. It adds water to the air so that the tear film on your eyes will not evaporate as fast. This leaves you with more moisture in your eyes which should reduce your symptoms.
Contact Our Optometrists in Arvada, CO
The symptoms of dry eye can vary from just mildly annoying to incredibly painful. Our optometrists at Arvada Optometric Center are here to help if you live in or around Arvada and are experiencing the symptoms of dry eye. Call our team today at (303)-424-5282 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.