If your eyes are constantly dry and itchy or if you feel like your eyes are always watering, you may have a condition called dry eye, where your tears don’t adequately keep your eyes clean and moisturized. Mark Golden, MD, is an experienced ophthalmologist at Doctors For Visual Freedom located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, who offers diagnosis and treatment for dry eyes to improve your comfort and eye health. To get treatment for dry eyes, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A normal, healthy eye is always covered in a film of tears that helps keep the eye clean and moist. Your eyes should produce these lubricating tears at a slow and steady rate, spreading them over the exposed front of your eye every time you blink. These tears are different from the large quantities of tears made in response to emotion or irritation.
When your eyes don’t produce enough of the lubricating tears or if the tears don’t have enough of any or all of three different components — an oily layer, a watery layer, and a mucus layer — your eyes won’t be sufficiently moisturized and you’ll develop dry eye.
Dry eye causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
You may also experience discomfort when wearing contact lenses if you have dry eyes.
There are a variety of conditions and issues that contribute to the development of dry eye. Some causes of dry eye include:
As you get older, your body naturally produces fewer tears and may also result in developing dry eye.
Dr. Golden diagnoses dry eye with a comprehensive eye exam. A big part of this process involves discussing your symptoms, including when you notice them worsening or improving.
Dr. Golden may also use diagnostic drops to evaluate your tear film and check for signs of dryness on your eyeball. If he suspects another eye health condition is causing or exacerbating your dry eye, he may suggest additional screening options.
Dr. Golden uses a variety of treatments to treat your dry eye, depending on your overall eye health and needs. You may benefit from the use of artificial teardrops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Artificial tears are available without a prescription, although you may want to avoid cheaper, generic brands as they tend to include irritating preservatives.
It’s important to come in for a professional eye exam if you are concerned about dry eye. While most cases are more uncomfortable than harmful, there are instances in which dry eye can cause additional problems with your eye health.
Call the friendly administrative staff at Doctors for Visual Freedom today, or make an appointment using the easy online booking tool to begin a path toward relief from dry eye.