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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.

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.

I have been seeing Dr. Cambell for over 20 years! He is professional and friendly and makes eye exams easy and fun! I would highly recommend him for any of your optometry needs!

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Best eye care specialist in Seattle! I called to get my crooked eyeglasses fixed on the same day, and they were able to fit me into their schedule very easily. My glasses were not purchased at Spex, but they still fixed my glasses free of charge! The two women who helped me were the sweetest and kindest employees! I will definitely be getting my next eye exam done at Spex.

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Dr. Campbell and his staff are truly top notch. Both personable and professional, I couldn't ask for a better experience.

O.J. Google

I appreciate the quality of care I get from Dr Campbell. He is thorough, never makes me feel like the appointment is rushed, and always answers my questions. Also, he's a very interesting guy!

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Been seeing Dr Scott for over 20 years...always the best.

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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.

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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.