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Dry Eye

What is it?

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears that are produced do not have the right composition. This can cause your eyes to feel dry, irritated, and uncomfortable.

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Causes of Dry Eye

There are many causes of dry eye, including:

  • Age: Dry eye is more common in older adults.

  • Environmental factors: Dry eye can be caused by exposure to wind, dust, or smoke.

  • Medical conditions: Dry eye is more common in people with certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, and diabetes.

  • Medications: Some medications, such as antihistamines and antidepressants, can cause dry eye.

  • Lifestyle factors: Dry eye can be caused by lifestyle factors, such as spending long hours in front of a computer or air conditioning.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

The most common symptoms of dry eye are:

  • Dry, irritated, and uncomfortable eyes

  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes

  • Feeling of sand or grit in the eyes

  • Blurred vision

  • Light sensitivity

Diagnosis of Dry Eye

Dry eye is diagnosed by an eye doctor during a comprehensive eye exam. The eye doctor will look at your eyes and ask you about your symptoms. They may also perform tests, such as tear film testing, to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment of Dry Eye

There is no cure for dry eye, but there are many treatments that can help to relieve the symptoms. Treatment options include:

  • Artificial tears: Artificial tears are available over-the-counter and by prescription. They can help to lubricate your eyes and relieve the symptoms of dry eye.

  • Warm compresses: Warm compresses can help to increase blood flow to the eyes and relieve inflammation.

  • Punctal plugs: Punctal plugs are small, silicone plugs that are inserted into the tear ducts to help reduce tear drainage.

  • LipiFlow®: LipiFlow® is a non-surgical treatment that uses heat and massage to improve tear film production.

  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat dry eye.

Prevention of Dry Eye

There is no sure way to prevent dry eye, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk, including:

  • Avoid smoking

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun

  • Use a humidifier in your home

  • Take breaks from looking at a computer screen

  • Drink plenty of fluids

  • Eat a healthy diet

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East Florida Eye Institute is a leading provider of dry eye care in Stuart and Port St. Lucie. Our team of experienced ophthalmologists is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care. We offer a wide range of treatment options for dry eye, and we work with each patient to develop a treatment plan that meets their individual needs.

If you are concerned about dry eye, please schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists. We will be happy to answer your questions and discuss your treatment options.

Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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