Dry Eyes

If your eyes frequently water, feel irritated, or scratchy you may have ocular surface disease –or dry eyes..  Dry eye disease can be inhibiting to one’s life and is unfortunately becoming more prevalent in today’s society due to the increase use of digital devices. When you need dry eye treatment in the Charlotte or Davidson area, call University Eye Associates to make an appointment for your eye exam.  

Dry eyes

Causes of Dry Eye

There are many causes of dry eyes and most are multifaceted. There are a number of medical conditions that can cause and worsen dry eyes –such as diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid eye disease. There are also environmental factors that can cause dry eyes such as common seasonal allergies, dry air, windy conditions, and even using a room fan or the air conditioning. Activities such as running or bicycling without eye protection can cause windy conditions leading to acute dry eyes.. Certain medications have also been linked to dry eyes. Some common medications that may cause dry eyes include allergy, antidepressants, and even acne medications.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry eyes can be extremely uncomfortable and make the eyes feel like there is sand or grit in them, appear red, and cause them to burn or sting.

Many people with dry eyes may experience some mild crusting in the morning. Another common symptom of dry eye is blurry vision that may lead to the eyes feeling tired and strained at the end of the day. It is important to watch for the symptoms of dry eyes so that treatment can start before severe signs appear. When you get any of these symptoms, it's time to see the optometrist. During your routine eye exam, the eye doctor will be able to identify dry eye signs and diagnose you with ocular surface disease. Treatment for dry eye is patient specific and can range from over-the-counter drops to in office treatment. . Some patients may require prescription eye drops for dry eyes to help reduce inflammation and irritation from dry eyes.

Get Dry Eye Treatment

If you're in the Charlotte or Davidson area and have symptoms of dry eye, it's time to call University Eye Associates for an appointment at 704-251-6476

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