Dry Eyes in the Spring

Spring is in the air, and summer is right behind. With all the fun activities planned, you don't want to get sidelined by dry eyes. Here at Vision City of Lake Worth, we can help you get treatment for your dry eyes so you can enjoy the warmer months without any discomfort.

What Are Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes occur when your tears are not able to lubricate your eyes effectively. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • Environmental conditions, such as smoke, wind, or dry air
  • Medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and certain antidepressants
  • Certain health conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Although dry eyes aren't considered a medical emergency, they can make your daily life quite miserable. You may have symptoms like red eyes, a constant feeling of grit or sand stuck in the eyes, a stringy mucus located around your eyes, excessive tearing, or difficulty wearing contact lenses. Any of these symptoms are probably enough to get treatment from an eye doctor.

Treating Dry Eyes

People who suffer from dry eyes should see an eye doctor first for a comprehensive eye exam. From there, treatment will be based on the underlying cause. You can also limit the likelihood of dry eyes by incorporating the following practices into your daily routine:

  • Use artificial tears or eye drops as often as needed.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in front of screens, such as computers, phones, and televisions. Take breaks often if you must be in front of a screen for long periods of time.
  • Increase the humidity in your home by using a humidifier.
  • Wear sunglasses or protective goggles when outside, especially in windy or dusty conditions.

Contact Our Optometrist in Fort Worth, TX, For an Appointment

Dry eyes don't have to be something you suffer from the entire spring! Vision City of Lake Worth can provide an effective treatment plan for you. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for dry eye treatment.

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