At Michigan Eyecare Institute, we have provided residents of Dearborn, Livonia, and Southfield with reliable eyecare services for many years. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye. Following are the answers to several questions our eye doctor frequently receives about dry eye.
What Is Dry Eye?
The eyeball has a three-layer coating of the tear film over it to keep it protected and lubricated. When there isn't enough of this tear film or the layers of the tear film aren't made properly, the eyes get too dry for comfort. If the eyes are not lubricated enough, it can cause a lot of uncomfortable symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
You might notice a stringy mucus that is in your eyelashes or at the corners of your eyes. You may also notice that your eyes feel dry and irritated. They will often feel gritty or like there's something in your eyes. You may feel a burning or stinging sensation, or your eyes may be sore. It's common to feel eye strain and to have tired eyes when you have dry eyes. Your eyes might become red, and you may have blurred vision. Ironically, your eyes may also water when you have this condition as the eyes try to overcompensate for being too dry.
What Are Some Treatments for Dry Eye?
If you have dry eyes, our optometrist may suggest several treatments for you. A common one is to be prescribed a medicated eye drop that can help. These drops add moisture as well as treat the inflammation in the eyes. You may also want to pick up a few over-the-counter eye drops to help with moisture whenever it's needed. The optometrist will likely also recommend that you use a humidifier in your home. This can help the air to be less dry so that your tear film won't evaporate so fast. It's helpful to also put a wet, warm towel up to your eyes to put some moisture into them and offer a little relief.
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