Millions suffer from dry eye. Knowing the causes and symptoms of dry eye can help you to find out what method of treatment is going to work best for you. For those in the Kansas City area, the eye care specialists at Littlefield Optometry are here to help.
Q – What causes dry eye?
A – There are several causes of dry eye. Medication that you are taking can cause dry eye, as can allergies, eye disease, and dry weather. These are all treatable to an extent.
Q – What are the symptoms of dry eye?
A – Dry eye is the persistent dryness of the tear layer in the eye. This makes the eyes very dry and uncomfortable and can lead to itchiness, eye pain, swelling, the inability to wear contacts, and difficulty keeping your eyes open.
Q – Is dry eye common?
A – Dry eye is rather common and is readily treatable. Dry eye affects millions of people every year and can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain for those who have it.
Q – How is dry eye treated?
A – Treatment depends on the nature of your symptoms. If you have a dry eye because of a certain medication that you take for another illness, you might not be able to get rid of it easily. If you have dry eye as a result of allergies, treating your allergies through medication may treat your dry eye as well. If you have dry eye as a result of a separate eye condition, you may be able to treat it with eye drops. Our optometry professional will examine your eyes and determine the most effective course of treatment.
Q – Is dry eye permanent?
A – Dry eye is not permanent. It can be persistent but with proper care, you can get it under control and live as if you do not have it.
Q- How do I know if I have dry eye?
A - The only way to determine if you have dry eye is to visit your eye doctor. If you suspect that you have dry eye, an eye exam can either confirm or refute the claim so that you can get the treatment you need to feel great.