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Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye at our Lewiston Optometry Clinic
Dry eye is a condition that develops when there is a problem with the basal tears in your eyes, which are the tears that keep your eye hydrated. Dry eye can occur either due to low tear production or poor tear quality. Our Lewiston optometry clinic offers several treatments for dry eye that can help alleviate your symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye
If you think you may have dry eye, you should take an inventory of your symptoms and call to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Lewiston. Dry eye causes itchy, red, scratchy eyes. You may also experience burning sensations as well as blurry vision. Your eye may even water excessively.
It is important to understand that dry eye is a serious condition. The sandy, gritty feeling in your eyes indicated that they are not properly lubricated. When this happens, your corneas are more likely to get scratched, leading to eye infections and pain.
Causes of Dry Eye
- Certain Immune System Diseases
- Certain Medications
- Certain Skin Diseases
- Improper Function of the Eyelids
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
- Oil Gland Blockages
Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye with our Lewiston Optometrist
Our Lewiston optometrist can diagnose and treat your dry eye. Diagnosing your dry eye involves performing an eye examination. If you have not been to our optometrist in Lewiston in the last 12 months, the tests for dry eye can be performed at the same time as your yearly examination.
If you have dry eye, our eye doctor in Lewiston can recommend several treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms and keep your eyes lubricated. Treatments usually range from least invasive to most invasive. If our optometrist thinks your dry eye is caused by a blockage in one of the oil producing glands in your eyelids, he may recommend hot cloths or other treatments to help free the blockage.
Eye Drops and Creams
If you have dry eye, our optometrist in Lewiston may recommend eye drops and/or creams. The eye drops are used periodically throughout the day to keep your eyes hydrated. The creams are thicker and are used to keep your eyes hydrated at night.
Temporary or Permanent Tear Duct Plugs
If the eye drops and creams do not provide you with enough relief, our optometrist may refer you to a Lewiston eye doctor who can insert temporary or temperament tear duct plugs into your eyes. These plugs are designed to stop the basal tears from draining into your tear ducts, which helps keep the tears in your eyes longer. After you receive your tear duct plugs, our eye doctor can perform all your follow-up exams and ongoing dry eye care.
Schedule an Appointment for Dry Eyes
If you are experiencing dry eyes, Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center offers a variety of treatments to alleviate your symptoms. To get your eyes tested for dry eye with our Lewiston eye doctor, call us at 207-782-9501.