Dry Eye Relief from Your Wichita Eye Doctor
Following a normal daily routine can become a challenge for patients suffering from dry eyes. Dryness might even lessen their ability to see as well as they once did. Eyes typically look red and have a scratchy feel. Thanks to treatment from our Wichita eye doctor, life can become comfortable again. Treatment from our Wichita Optometry, P.A. practice can help you avoid long-term damage to your sight because of dry eyes.
Dry Eye Causes and Symptoms
Dry eyes affect nearly half – 48 percent – of people in the United States. This disorder occurs when a person lacks enough tears of good quality to maintain proper eye lubrication. Tears are responsible for assuring clear vision and making sure the front part of the eye is healthy. When tear drainage and tear production are out of balance, dry eyes can develop.
Patients who see us for dry eye care in Wichita sometimes remark that they feel as if sand is in their eyes. Vision might be blurry. Unfortunately, eyes try to make up for their dryness by manufacturing an overabundance of tears. This can cause seeping eyes.
Our eye doctors note that many factors cause dry eyes:
- Increasing age
- Lower-than-normal quality of tears
- Insufficient tear production
- Specific types of eye surgery
- Dry eye syndrome, which is a disease
- Allergies and other environmental concerns
- Health conditions such as diabetes
- Eye strain
- Female hormonal changes
- Long-term use of contact lenses
Options for Dry Eye Care in Wichita
Our eye doctors describe a number of options for dry eye care in Wichita:
- Adding tears with over-the-counter artificial tear products
- Preserving natural tears with the use of tiny plugs or permanent closure of tear ducts
- Raising tear production with prescription eye drops or an omega-3 fatty acid supplement
- Curbing an underlying eyelid or eye surface inflammation using prescribed eye drops or ointments and eyelid cleansers, eyelid massages, and warm compresses
- Implementing simple lifestyle changes such as consuming more fluids, increasing humidity in the home or work area, wearing sunglasses outdoors to decrease drying sun and wind exposure, and remembering to blink at regular intervals when reading or staring at an electronic screen
Schedule an Exam with Our Wichita Eye Doctor
Don’t continue to put up with the discomfort of dry eyes. Each Wichita eye doctor in our practice provides a full range of optometric services to help you preserve the best vision possible. We offer two convenient office locations in Wichita, KS to meet your needs. Be sure and call us at Wichita Optometry, P.A. today at (316) 942-7496 to ask about our new-client special and to schedule an appointment at either office.