Millions of Americans live with dry eye syndrome, which includes uncomfortable symptoms like itchy, red, and watery eyes. Nastaran Golriz, OD, at idoc Optical in Washington, DC, diagnoses and treats dry eyes, relieving your symptoms and restoring your eye health. Call idoc Optical or schedule a consultation online today if you’re concerned about dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye syndrome develops when your eyes don’t produce enough high-quality tears. Your tears consist of three layers that perform critical functions in keeping your eyes clean and moist.
The outer layer of your tears is oily. It keeps the surface of your tears smooth and prevents them from evaporating too quickly. The middle layer is watery and washes away dust and other debris.
The innermost layer of your tears is mucus. The mucus layer spreads your tears over your eyes and helps them stick to your eye so it remains moist.
If you don’t produce enough tears, or if any layer of your tears is insufficient, you can develop some uncomfortable symptoms, including:
Also, if you wear contact lenses, dry eye can make your lenses feel sticky or uncomfortable.
Your risk of dry eye increases as you age, and the condition is prevalent in women who have reached menopause. Additionally, medications like diuretics, beta-blockers, and cold and allergy medicines can contribute to dry eyes.
Eye problems like blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) and other health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and lupus, can also cause dry eyes.
Lifestyle factors, including using a computer for prolonged periods, wearing contact lenses for a long time, or having refractive surgery like LASIK, also contribute to your chances of developing dry eye.
Dr. Golriz looks for signs of dry eye during your eye exam. Make sure to mention any symptoms like redness, grittiness, or excessive tearing. She uses a slit lamp to examine your cornea and tear film, and runs tests to measure your tear production and quality.
Dr. Golriz provides customized treatment to address your specific needs. She might recommend artificial tears, which are available over-the-counter, or holistic treatments to address the underlying cause of your condition.
She might also recommend treatments such as punctal plugs to keep your tears on your eyes longer. These tiny plugs block your tear ducts, which helps keep your tears on your eyes longer.
You don’t need to put up with dry, itchy, painful eyes. Call idoc Optical or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.