Having dry eyes is an uncomfortable symptom that often occurs with age. With millions of cases in the United States each year, it’s a common condition that you can often resolve with treatment targeting discomfort. Visit general and medical optometrist Dr. Mary Espy in Flint, Michigan, to find out if your condition warrants a prescription or medical procedure. You can call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Your eyes are naturally filled with tears for lubrication to keep them functioning comfortably. Tears are made of:
Each blink of the eyelids serves to lubricate the cornea and keep your eyes comfortable and healthy.
When tears are limited, you might experience uncomfortable dry eyes. This is due to an inadequate amount of tears or poor quality of tears, which often occur with age or menopause. Coexisting symptoms tend to include burning, gritty, and tired eyes.
You may have dry eyes if you experience these symptoms:
In some cases, dry eyes may even cause watery eyes due to reflex tearing.
Several factors can cause dry eyes, including its main risk factors of age and gender. Other causes include:
Sometimes environmental factors, like air conditioning or exposure to smoke, can physically dry out your eyes as well. Specific bodily causes include:
Certain factors may increase your risk of being affected with dry eyes, including:
A comprehensive eye exam can generate an official diagnosis of dry eyes. Dr. Espy assesses your:
Treatments for dry eyes serve to provide comfort and relief. Common approaches include:
In cases where over-the-counter treatments aren’t effective, see Dr. Espy for stronger prescription medications or medical procedures.
If symptoms persist after using over-the-counter eye drops or ointment, you may need to visit Dr. Mary Espy for a diagnosis. Extensive symptoms of red, irritated, tired, or burning eyes may need stronger treatment or a different diagnosis.