Dallas Dry Eye. Why?
Let’s talk dry eye. You know; that nitty-gritty annoyance that has you rubbing your irritated, burning eyes. Sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. Dry eye is more common today than ever before.
Millions of Americans suffer from dry eye.
Dallas is no exception to this spike in dry eye. Regular windy conditions sprinkled with bouts of dry weather make north Texas a dry eye target. But there’s more than just climate to consider when it comes to dry eye. Let’s learn more.
What causes dry eye?
While your dry eye symptoms could be related to allergies or environment, most experts agree that doing near work on smartphones and computers—such as emailing, texting, viewing, working or gaming—can be blamed for much of the increase in dry eye symptoms in recent years. And with an ever-increasing reliance on electronic screens, the condition is expected to continue to rise.
All of the above interferes with the quality and quantity of tears a person makes. Not enough quality blinks means not enough natural tears, which can lead to dry eye symptoms.
But, just because dry eye is common doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Carter Eye Center can help.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is the root cause of chronic dry eye.
There are up to 40 meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 30 in the lower eyelid. These glands secrete oils onto the surface of the eye, which help keep tears from evaporating too quickly. MGD is a blockage of those glands so that they don’t secrete enough oil into the tears. As a result, tears evaporate too quickly.
What are the symptoms of dry eye?
Dry eye symptoms can include:
- Burning sensation
- Gritty sensation
- Sensitivity to light
Oddly enough, dry eye can also cause excessive tearing. Why? When tears evaporate too quickly, the tear ducts try to compensate by producing more tears.
Are you ready to say goodbye to dry eye?
How is dry eye treated?
In a dry eye evaluation at Carter Eye Center, Dr. Carter will perform diagnostic testing, which includes ocular allergy testing to evaluate your unique ocular surface condition and discover the source of your dry eye symptoms. This is an important diagnostic step because chronic dry eye symptoms are similar to those caused by allergies and even some infections. Thorough testing will help us determine the best course of treatment for you.
There are a variety of treatment options for treating dry eye, ranging from eye drops to specially designed contact lenses and more. The severity and root cause of your dry eye will determine which treatment is right for you.