Have your eyes been feeling scratched and irritated, and you know it is not being caused by allergies? Are you finding that you need to rewet your contact lenses much more often then you ever had to? If so, you may be suffering from dry eye. Dry eye is a common eye condition, especially for people over 65. Dry eye is an easily treatable condition, and is certainly not a cause for alarm. However, if dry eye is left untreated, it may cause eye problems that are more difficult to treat. So it is always best to go for dry eye treatment in San Antonio as the earliest symptoms appear.
A great place to go to for dry eye treatment in San Antonio is our practice, The Eyeglass Shop. Our optometrist, Dr. Paul A. Darrow, is an expert and highly trained and respected optometrist in the San Antonio area. He has been serving the community for over 35 years, and is dedicated to helping our patients maintain their great eye health. When patients come to him with complaints of constantly irritated eyes, he knows that his patient may indeed be suffering from dry eye. Dry eye treatment in San Antonio is very effective, and in most cases easy to provide. However, dry eye must first be definitively diagnosed by Dr. Darrow, in order to be treated correctly. Dry eye occurs when there are not enough tears to lubricate and nourish the eye, tears are of a poor quality, or tears do not stay in the eye long enough to be able to do their important job. The most common cause of dry eye is an inadequate amount of the water layer in the tears. Signs of dry eyes are eyes that are: irritated; scratchy; burning; excessively watering; and blurred vision. In advanced cases of dry eye the cornea may be damaged and vision is impaired.
When Dr. Darrow diagnoses a patient as having dry eye, he will then come up with the most effective dry eye treatment in San Antonio for the particular patient’s case. Treatment for dry eye can include: over-the-counter tear solutions; performing a procedure that will block the tear ducts from easily draining tears – keeping tears in the eyes for a longer period of time; prescribing eye drops that will help increase the production of tears; recommending omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements; and prescription of eye drops or ointments to help decrease inflammation of the areas around the outer portions of the eye. If you have been having discomfort in your eyes and think it may be dry eye, make an appointment to see our experienced optometrist at The Eyeglass Shop.