If you suffer from symptoms of dry eye, then you know how uncomfortable this condition can be. The doctors at Louisiana Eye Care diagnose dry eye syndrome and offer solutions for effective treatment customized to the eye health needs of the individual.  

What Is Dry Eye? 

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition when your tears are not sufficient to keep the front surface of the eye lubricated properly. When your eyes do not produce optimal tears to keep them moisturized, dry eye occurs. Because dry eye is a common condition where the symptoms can mimic those of other issues like eye allergies, it is frequently under-diagnosed.  

Tears help give you clear vision, lubricate your eyes, protect against infection, and help with wound healing, so the proper production and drainage of tears is an important part of maintaining optimal eye health and vision.   

What Causes Dry Eye?  

Dry eye syndrome can be the result of many factors including diet, medication use, hormonal changes, age, and the environment. One of the most common causes of dry eye disease is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD.   

The meibomian glands are small oil glands located in the upper and lower eyelids and secrete oil which coats the surface of the eyes and prevents moisture from evaporating. Water, oil, and mucin layers make up the tear film, and this tear film is what keeps the surface of the eye healthy.   

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) occurs when the oil-producing meibomian glands are clogged and unable to create a healthy tear film to keep the eyes properly lubricated. In the early stages of MGD, there may not be many symptoms, but if the glands remain clogged, they are unable to secrete oil which can result in permanent changes to the tear film and dry eye syndrome.   

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Do You Need Dry Eye Treatment? 

Due to lack of awareness about dry eye syndrome and available treatments, many people who struggle with dry eye do not realize they have a problem. You may benefit from dry eye treatment if you are experiencing the following symptoms: 

  • Blurry vision  
  • Burning eyes 
  • Red or bloodshot eyes 
  • Feeling like something scratchy is stuck in your eye   
  • Experiencing discomfort when wearing contact lenses   
  • Recurring irritation that causes teary or watery eyes 
  • Stringy mucus surrounding your eyes 

If you suspect you are experiencing dry eye, the expert team of optometrists at Louisiana Eye Care are here to help you find solutions.  

How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed? 

The first step to diagnosing dry eye is to undergo a comprehensive eye exam, at which time your doctor will gain a complete understanding of your eye health. If dry eye is suspected, your doctor will also perform other tests to rule out other possible causes.  

What Are the Treatment Options for Dry Eye? 

Depending on your individual needs, treatment can range from ongoing to infrequent. If an individual has serious damage to the surface of their eye, that may require more specific attention. Everyone’s experience with dry eye is different due to these variables. At Louisiana Eye Care, we will help you find the best path forward. 

Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment at Louisiana Eye Care 

Dry eye syndrome can vary in severity from person to person, as everyone is different. Louisiana Eye Care offers many safe and effective treatment solutions for dry eye syndrome.  

These can include eye drops, lifestyle adjustments, and other strategies designed not just to treat your symptoms, but to address the source of the issue, making your treatment more sustainable and allowing you to live a comfortable, high-quality life.  

If you think you may be experiencing dry eye, contact our office to schedule an eye exam with our optometrists at Louisiana Eye Care.