About Dry Eye Syndrome
Most of us will deal with dry, itchy eyes at some point, but if it lingers for a long time or happens regularly, it could be dry eye syndrome. This common condition is caused by a lack of tears or oils within the tears, whether a result of an underlying illness, various prescription drugs, or environmental factors. Without adequate tear production, patients can experience severe eye irritation and blurred vision. The experienced team at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa provides a number of treatment options for dry eye syndrome. We conduct thorough exams to accurately diagnose dry eyes and pinpoint an underlying condition. To learn more about management options for dry eye syndrome, get in touch with our team in Tuscaloosa, AL to set up your initial visit.
Dry Eyes Reviews
"I had been suffering from extremely dry eyes for several years. I regularly had red inflamed eyes and had given up on finding relief until I had my first appointment with Dr Gaudet. She listened carefully, encouraged me that I could get better and got me started on treatment. Six months later my eyes are continuing to improve. I have not had one day of very red, painful eyes in months. Everyone at the St Vincent location of InVision Opthamology is kind, helpful and professional. "- Y. / Healthgrades / May 31, 2021
"Excellent. Dr. Bedsole has been treating my dry eyes and providing my general eye care for several years now. She is caring and goes the extra mile to meet my needs. I have referred friends to her. "- L.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 22, 2021
"The office is clean and inviting. The staff was attentive and kind. The doctor was an expert in dry eyes and explained my condition and treatment plan very well. With her help and expertise I am able to wear contacts again! Best eye doctor in Tuscaloosa."- A.B. / Google / Jul 19, 2022
"I recently had an eye exam by Dr. Stephanie Bedsole. To start, I have a very complicated prescription. I have astigmatism, double vision, and dry eyes. I wear progressives with a prism (for the double vision) and a rotation for astigmatism.While my previous eye doctors have been competent it is Dr. Bedsole’s going over and above mere competence which allows her to stand out over and above other optometrists. To begin with, Dr. Bedsole answered several emails and questions I had even before I made my first appointment with her.Dr. Bedsole provided a very thorough eye exam. She answered all of my questions and at no time did I feel rushed. She double-checked my prescription once with my eyes not dilated and once with them dilated. Seriously, she performed the entire eye exam TWICE. At every stage of the exam, I asked her question after question. She very patiently and with expertise answered every question. She not only understood one issue I was having with the eye exam and knew exac"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Jul 30, 2022
"IPL therapy is a must at InVision. Dr. Bedsole treated my eyes. If you have dry eyes, this is a great treatment to help with dry eyes. Procedure is quick, easy, and done in the office. An hour after IPL felt great and can tell a difference around my eyes. Call Dr. Bedsole (...who...by the way...has won the Best Optometrist in Tuscaloosa multiple years...) to talk with her about IPL! You will be happy you did."- M.D. / Google / Dec 14, 2022
What Are Causes of Dry Eyes?
The main triggers of dry eyes are the underproduction of tears or lubrication within the tears. The generation of tears has three important components, and there are particular types of dry eyes depending on which part is impacted. The lacrimal glands make the tears, the meibomian glands secrete the oils within the tears, and the goblet cells blend them together. Dry eyes might appear if any of these three parts of tear production goes awry. Several different things can alter any of these components, including menopause, eye strain, underlying conditions like diabetes, and certain prescription medications.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Individuals with dry eye syndrome often have blurry vision and bloodshot, itchy, stinging eyes. Many people feel like they have dust or dirt in their eyes or have pain from their contact lenses. People with dry eyes often say that their eyeballs feel weak and achy. Sometimes, they develop light sensitivity and notice problems with driving at night. Contrary to what the name implies, dry eye syndrome can often lead to even more tears to compensate for the dryness. Dry eye syndrome involves the recurrent experience of a few or all of these symptoms and frequently leads to challenges in daily duties and hobbies.
What Are the Risk Factors of Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes can result from various risk factors that affect the production and quality of tears, leading to discomfort and vision issues. Key risk factors for developing dry eye syndrome include:
- Age, with older adults more frequently affected due to decreased tear production
- Environmental conditions such as exposure to smoke, wind, and dry climates that can evaporate tears
- Long periods of screen use, which reduces blinking and tear spread
- Certain medical conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders, as well as medications including antihistamines, decongestants, and some blood pressure drugs
Understanding these risk factors is crucial for managing and preventing the uncomfortable symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry eye syndrome is diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam in Tuscaloosa, AL. One of our eye specialists will learn about your symptoms, as well as any past or current conditions to determine the underlying cause of your dry eyes. The complete eye exam will most likely include gauging the quantity and quality of your tear production and performing an external examination of your eyelids, eyes, and corneas using a tiny light and mirrored lenses. Your specific dry eye treatment plan will be based on your particular case. Many patients with mild cases of dry eye can ease the symptoms with prescription or over-the-counter artificial tears. These eye drops can add to your natural tears. If your condition doesn't respond to eye drops, tiny plugs can be inserted in your tear ducts (known as punctal occlusion) to seal them off and preserve the real tears in the eye.
Dry Eyes FAQ
What can help with dry eyes?
Here are a few things you can do to help avoid getting dry eyes:
- Rest your eyes
- Avoid extended screen time and take frequent breaks
- Use a humidifier
- Limit time in places with a lot of air circulation
- Don't smoke and avoid cigarettes or other types of smoke
- Use a warm compress on your eyes
- Try taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement
Can dry eye cause eye damage?
In some rare cases, dry eyes can lead to abrasions of the cornea or corneal ulcers, a more common problem is that dry eyes can increase your chances of eye infection and inflammation.
Are dry eyes a symptom of a more serious condition?
Dry eyes may be a symptom of natural aging, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, allergic eye disease, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, scleroderma, vitamin A deficiency, and others.
Will drinking more water help with dry eyes?
Drinking the daily recommended amount of water and proper hydration will help your body produce a healthy volume of tears. If you try various treatments for your dry eyes like those mentioned above, eye drops, and others with no effect, you should consider scheduling an appointment at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa to have your eyes examined.
Relieve Your Dry Eye Today
Having dry eye syndrome is more than just irritating, but it can also result in vision impairment if left untreated. If you are dealing with dry eye symptoms and have not experienced relief with OTC solutions, set up an eye exam at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa. Our skilled eye care professionals in Tuscaloosa, AL frequently diagnose dry eye syndrome and can offer effective solutions to help your eyes feel more comfortable.
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