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Dry Eye Syndrome in Seattle, WA

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If you have experienced dry, irritated eyes for more than a few days at a time, it could be dry eye syndrome. This common eye condition is caused by a lack of tears or unbalanced tear components, which can be caused by an underlying illness, some medications, or behavioral factors. Tears are fundamental to the overall health of the eyes so when they are unbalanced, it can lead to extreme inflammation of the eyes, as well as hazy vision. Dry eye syndrome is generally caused by an underlying illness, and after this underlying condition is diagnosed and treated, its symptoms are considerably reduced.

Dr. Scott Campbell offers many different solutions for anyone in Seattle, WA dealing with dry eye syndrome. He will perform an in-depth eye exam to properly identify your dry eye and find out whether there is an underlying cause. To learn more about getting help for dry eye syndrome, get in touch with SPEX to set up your exam.

People with dry eye syndrome commonly have blurry vision and bloodshot, scratchy, stinging eyes. Many patients feel like they have dust or dirt in their eyes or feel severe discomfort when inserting contact lenses. Numerous patients with dry eye also report that their eyes feel swollen and sore. In some cases, they develop light sensitivity and notice issues with night vision. Contrary to what the name implies, dry eye can, for some patients, trigger an overproduction of tears to compensate for the condition. Dry eye syndrome is the recurrent combination of several or all of these conditions, often leading to challenges with daily duties and everyday recreational activities.

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition caused by a variety of factors that affect tear production and eye lubrication. One primary cause is the natural aging process, which can reduce tear production, especially in postmenopausal women. Environmental factors like exposure to wind, smoke, or dry climates can also contribute to dry eyes by increasing tear evaporation. Additionally, prolonged screen time and certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome, can interfere with tear gland function, leading to persistent dryness and eye discomfort.

How Is Dry Eye Syndrome Diagnosed?

The most effective method of finding out if you have dry eye syndrome is a complete eye exam. Along with your symptoms, Dr. Campbell will go over any past or current conditions to determine any underlying causes for your eye issues. The complete eye exam could include gauging the amount and makeup of your tears and a routine examination of your eyes, eyelids, and corneas using a special light and magnification lenses. If Dr. Campbell does diagnose you with dry eye syndrome, he will create a customized treatment plan based on the degree of your condition.

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The two triggers of dry eye syndrome are a lack of tears or lubrication within the tears. The production of tears has three important parts, and there are specific types of dry eye syndrome based on which part is being affected. The lacrimal glands secrete the actual tears, the meibomian glands generate the oils within the tears, and the goblet cells combine them together. Dry eye syndrome may occur whenever any of these three aspects of tear generation malfunctions. Multiple issues can impact each of these aspects, such as menopause, eye strain, underlying conditions (like thyroid disorder), and specific prescription medications.

The most accurate method for diagnosing dry eye is to have a comprehensive eye exam. Along with your symptoms, Dr. Campbell will review your medical history to search for any underlying problems leading to your dry eyes. Your complete eye exam could include gauging the quantity and quality of the tears you generate and an easy examination of your eyelids, eyes, and corneas using a very small light and mirrored lenses. If Dr. Campbell does find that you have dry eye syndrome, he will create your specific treatment plan according to the degree of your condition.

Our goal at SPEX is to reduce the symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome and improve your overall eye health. Depending on the severity of your condition, we can discuss options that could include a combination of medicated eye drops and lifestyle changes. Dr. Campbell will provide detailed information about your treatment plan and what to expect in terms of results. Our team also schedules follow-up appointments so we can monitor your progress every step of the way. Patients are always welcome to call with any questions or concerns about their dry eyes.

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The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can be more than a serious annoyance. This condition can also cause visual impairment if not properly treated. If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms and trying to treat them with nonprescription solutions, plan an exam at our Seattle, WA facility. Our wonderful staff at SPEX frequently diagnose and manage the multiple types of dry eye syndrome.

Is there a cure for dry eye syndrome?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry eye syndrome. However, it is a very treatable condition that can be managed with the help of experts like Dr. Campbell and the team at SPEX.
What happens if dry eye syndrome is left untreated?
If dry eye syndrome isn’t treated, there is a chance that it could cause a corneal abrasion or corneal ulcer. However, this is rare. More common consequences of untreated dry eye include inflammation and infections that could affect vision. Additionally, dry eyes could result from autoimmune diseases such as lupus or Sjögren’s syndrome.
What can I do to help my dry eye symptoms besides taking eye drops?

Several lifestyle modifications may help alleviate dry eyes, including:

  • Staying away from smoke and smoking
  • Limiting screen time on devices, if possible
  • Using a humidifier in your bedroom or a warm compress on the eyes
  • Taking vitamin A or omega-3 supplements
  • Drinking a healthy amount of water
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.