Caring for Dry Eye in the Seattle Area
If you are looking for an optometrist in Seattle areas, SPEX Eye Care is here for you. Both of our locations are conveniently located and offer top-notch optometry services. We know how to provide the personalized eye care that you want and deserve. One of the conditions that we can help you with is dry eye syndrome. Read on to find out more about this irritating eye problem and how we can help you find relief.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that results when your eyes are not able to adequately maintain proper moisture levels. This is either an inability to produce enough tears or a deficiency in the makeup of the tears you produce. Regardless, it results in the eyes being unable to eliminate irritants such as dust.
There are three layers to our tears: an outer oily layer, watery middle layer, and mucus inner layer. If the glands responsible for producing and releasing these elements into the tears become inflamed, clogged, or otherwise deficient in production it often leads to dry eye syndrome. For example, when the oil in your tears is missing or less than optimal, the tears themselves will evaporate quickly which leaves the eye without a steady supply of moisture that it needs.
Untreated clogged oil glands can progress from dry eye syndrome to a condition known as Blepharitis. This inflammation of the glands is caused by prolonged clogging and has no cure. It can, however, be treated and prevented.
Dry Eye Causes
There is a multitude of situations and conditions that can cause dry eye syndrome. Some are exceedingly basic while others are more serious and urgent in their need for treatment.
On the simple end, these causes include environmental irritants such as over-exposure to dry air, wind, or a heat source, allergies, and dust. Similarly, dry eye can come from conditions that we create for ourselves through long-term wear of contacts, staring at an electronic screen for extended periods, and not blinking enough.
Some medicines and medical treatments can trigger dry eye. These include LASIK eye surgery, hormone replacement therapies, and medications like nasal decongestants, antidepressants, antihistamines, and birth control pills.
Dry Eye Symptoms
The symptoms of dry eye range from simple dryness and itching to more intense indicators such as:
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Swollen, itchy, and red eyelids
- Burning sensation in the eye
- Feeling like there is something in your eye
Dry Eye Treatments
Here at SPEX Eye Care, we know how to help with dry eye. From testing with the Schirmer’s Test to treatment options such as eye drops, medication, and gland unclogging treatments such as that provided with LipiFlow.
Contact Our SPEX Eye Care in Seattle, WA
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