Painful Dry Eyes
If your eyes have been constantly irritated and you are experiencing blurred vision, you should visit PAZUR Eyecare Optometric Clinic to be seen by one of our optometrists – Dr. Alan Pazur and Dr. Justine Pazur. Through a thorough evaluation, we will determine whether or not you have “dry eye syndrome” and can provide you with the most appropriate treatments. If you experience painful dry eyes, treatment is something which should not be put off – not only is dry eye uncomfortable, it can cause eye damage if left untreated.
Blurry and unstable vision
A patient can routinely be diagnosed with dry eye syndrome during a comprehensive eye exam. Symptoms can include eyes that feel extremely irritated, red eyes, a sensation that there is something in your eye, excessive tearing and blurry, unstable vision. There are two underlying causes of dry eye syndrome 1) a lack of tear production that results in low tear QUANTITY and 2) poor tear QUALITY that is not sufficient to keep the eyes fully lubricated and healthy. Identifying the underlying cause of dry eye is the most important first step for our optometrists to effectively treat this condition.
Thorough medical history is important
Many times dry eye is aggravated by environmental factors, including dry winter weather and controlled indoor environments like hospitals. Certain medications and medical conditions can also contribute to dry eye syndrome. As one can see, a simple symptom of dry eyes can have very complex underlying contributing factors. Expert diagnosis is imperative to successful treatment.
Treatment of dry eye
Dry eye is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, however there are many treatment and management options available. Very mild cases of dry eye can be treated with over-the-counter tear supplements or lubricants. Our optometrists may want to prescribe prescription eye drops or even oral medications to help with tear production. Further treatment options offered at PAZUR Eyecare include placing plugs in your tear ducts to help retain your natural tears longer. We also use a unique treatment called Bleph-Ex to help create a healthier eyelid and tear environment. A treatment plan will be uniquely tailored for every patient’s dry eye condition and specific needs.
To see our optometrist for diagnosis, treatment and management of your painful dry eyes, contact us today.