Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Relief from Your Optometrist in Kansas City, MO

Dry eye syndrome can be more than just an annoyance.  It can hurt.  In most cases, it won’t just go away over time.  Fortunately, our optometrist offers a number of professional treatments and self-care options to patients with this condition who visit us at Littlefield Optometry, LLC in Kansas City.


Dry Eye Problems

Two main factors are responsible for dry eye syndrome: insufficient quantity of tears and poor tear quality.  In most cases, the symptoms of dry eye syndrome are present in both eyes.

Our doctor of optometry cites the following as the most common signs of dry eye syndrome:

  • Sensation of eye fatigue
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Blurred vision
  • Eyes that sting, burn, or feel scratchy
  • Mucus in or around the eyes
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red eyes
  • Sensation that something is lodged in an eye
  • Eyes watering excessively

Beyond age, patients in these situations face an elevated risk for dry eye syndrome:

  • Prior eye surgery to improve refraction
  • Certain medical disorders, such as diabetes
  • Wearing contacts for many years
  • Taking specific medications

Treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome from Our Optometrist

Solving a dry eye disorder requires both professional services from an optometry practice and self-care.  Once our eye doctor has performed a comprehensive vision exam and diagnosed dry eye syndrome, each patient receives a treatment plant that includes a combination of these therapies:

  • Artificial tears
  • Prescription drops, ointments, and/or cleansers to curtail inflammation of the eyes and eyelids
  • Increasing tear production via an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, eye drops, or a combination of these treatments
  • Saving natural tears by plugging or closing tear ducts

At-home care can markedly raise the comfort level of a patient with dry eye syndrome.  Our optometrist recommends these steps:

  • Boosting humidity in the patient’s residence
  • Drinking a sufficient amount of water
  • Following a routine of cleansing the eye area and applying warm compresses
  • Wearing sunglasses while outdoors
  • Using any recommended nutritional supplements as directed
  • Taking a break from using computers, phones, and other electronic devices for long periods by diverting the eyes from the screen

Schedule an Exam with Our Kansas City Optometry Practice

Don’t let dry eye syndrome interfere with the lifestyle you love.  Our doctor of optometry can help, whether you need routine or emergency services for corrective eyewear, eye diseases and disorders, or care before or after surgery.  Be sure to call us at Littlefield Optometry, LLC today at (816) 888-5400 to schedule a vision exam with our Kansas City optometrist.  It’s the first step to make sure you have the clearest vision possible.

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