Dry eye syndrome is more common than you think. In fact, many of adults over the age of 50 have this condition, which causes red, itchy eyes. While it can be treated, visit an eye doctor to get quality treatment options.
We at Athens Family Vision Clinic in Athens, GA, treat dry eyes. Here's what you need to know before your first vision care appointment.
Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears or the tears you do produce evaporate too quickly. This can be caused by a number of factors, including age, medication, and certain medical conditions.
Age is a common cause. As you age, your body produces fewer tears. This is especially true for women who are postmenopausal. If you have an immune disorder or allergies, the symptoms may be exacerbated.
Certain medications can also cause dry eyes. If you take any medications, talk to your doctor about the possibility of dry eye syndrome.
Computer vision can also be a cause. If you work at a computer all day, your eyes may not blink as often, which can lead to dryness. If you experience frequent digital eye strain, you may be at higher risk for this condition. During your next eye care appointment, discuss computer vision and digital eye strain to address these symptoms.
Dry eye syndrome can cause a number of symptoms, including red, irritated eyes, itching eyes, burning eyes, and a feeling of grittiness. You may also have difficulty wearing contact lenses or experience blurriness when you read or use a computer.
If you experience any of these symptoms, make an eye care appointment with an eye doctor on our team. We'll conduct a thorough examination and determine the best course of treatment.
There are a number of treatments available for dry eye syndrome, including artificial tears. You may also discuss the possibility of talking to your family doctor about changing medications or taking medication that can increase tear production.
We may also recommend special eye drops or plugs that help retain moisture in your eyes.
Schedule a Vision Care Appointment With an Optometrist on Our Team
If you're experiencing dry eye syndrome, an optometrist on our team in Athens, GA, can help. Call us for Athens Family Vision Clinic at (706) 543-3599 or (706) 850-7101 for East Athens to schedule an appointment. We'll conduct a thorough examination and develop a treatment plan that's right for you.