Dry, Scratchy, Red Eyes – What Causes This Irritation?
At Loden Vision Centers, we know how uncomfortable dry eyes can be – so we specialize in relief.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eye occurs either when the eye does not produce enough tears, or when the eye does not produce the right consistency of tears that can lead to rapid evaporation.
People with dry eye sometimes have difficulties with certain activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time. They also have trouble tolerating dry environments, such as being inside an airplane.
The most common symptoms of dry eye are the feeling of dryness, scratchiness, and burning. Dry eyes can result in red eyes because of your body’s response to this irritation. And as odd as it may seem, irritated eyes from dry eye syndrome can also cause watery eyes. This is because excessive dryness of your eyes can signal your eyes to over produce the watery component of your tears.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry Eye is a chronic disease that can be caused by various things such as aging, contact lens wear, certain medications, eye diseases, other medical conditions, or environmental factors.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
There are a number of ways that dry eyes can be treated and at Loden Vision Centers we work with our patients to understand which treatment is right for them. Treatment options include:
- Artificial tear drops and ointments
- Temporary or permanent punctal occlusion (blocking your tear exit duct)
- LipiFlow® – a revolutionary treatment for dry eyes. Loden Vision Centers is the only practice in the state with this advanced technology. In a clinical study, 79% of patients reported
- improved overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks of a single LipiFlow® treatment. This procedure gently massages the eyelids with soothing warmth, resulting in impressive improvement after only one treatment
- Prescription eye drops
- Other medications and nutrition
Get Dry Eye Relief
There’s no need to suffer from dry eyes any longer! Loden Vision Centers can help improve your vision and relieve you of your eye irritation. Call us today at 615-559-4242 and one of our Loden Vision Centers staff members will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Do you want to learn more about Dry Eye?
Dr. Emily Evans was featured in the Nashville Medical News Blog for her recent article “Dry Eye Diagnosis and Earlier Treatment May Improve Quality of Life”. To learn more about the types of Dry Eye Disease and diagnosis, click here.