If you believe you’re experiencing dry eye, you’re not alone. Dry eye is a common problem for many people. You may find that you experience dry eye at some point during your adult life. If your eye does not produce enough tears, you may have dry eye. If you have tears, but they aren’t lubricating, you could also have dry eye. This can become a serious problem because it could lead to eye infections and other visual problems. If you believe you are suffering from dry eye and live in Old Greenwich CT, or Darien CT, contact us at Greenwich Eye Care today.
What Could Be Causing My Dry Eyes?
There could be one of a number of reasons why you are experiencing dry eyes. First, the eye naturally slows down the production of tears during the aging process, so it could be a natural progression depending on your age. Some medical conditions can impact the way the eyes function and could inhibit tear production. Some medications can also dry your eyes. Finally, environmental factors such as smoke or even wind can impact your eyes’ ability to produce tears. It’s important to note that when your eyes do not have enough lubrication, it can put the eyes at risk.
Is it Treatable?
The good news is dry eye can be treated, and many options are available. Your first step may be to visit an eye doctor on our team for an eye exam. An optometrist on our optometry team will help to determine if there are any underlying causes of the dry eye to help ensure it is treated properly. An eye doctor on our optometry team wants to help provide the best eye care and treat all of your symptoms. We may be able to prescribe medication to encourage your eyes to create their own tears. In more severe situations, you may need a surgical procedure. You and an eye doctor on our team can talk about all of the possible options.
Another such treatment is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy. This therapy sends pulses of light into the skin around your eyes to help reduce inflammation and get rid of any bacteria that may be there. It can be used to treat conditions such as meibomian gland dysfunction.
Choose an Optometrist on Our Optometry Team at Greenwich Eye Care
All of us at Greenwich Eye Care are dedicated to providing our patients with eye care. We treat many different conditions, including dry eye. We also provide regular eye exam visits to ensure your eyes are healthy. The care and comfort of our patients are top priorities. We will help create a plan that is specific to your needs and can help ensure you understand the process every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We serve (203) 698-5049 Old Greenwich, CT, and (203) 202-0202 Darien, CT.