Dry Eye Syndrome is a very common issue treated by our Fresno optometrist, caused by your eyes not creating enough of their own natural tears to keep the eye moist and lubricated. The condition is especially common in people over the age of 50, though the increased use of tablets, smartphones, and computers are causing a serious increase in the number of younger patients who are experiencing issues with the condition as well. That’s because when we use these devices, we don’t blink as often as we normally do. That allows the eye to dry out and the symptoms of dry eye to worsen. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for Dry Eye Syndrome.
Are You Experiencing Dry Eyes?
You may be if you are suffering from the following symptoms:
- Itchy eyes
- Aching, tired eyes
- Stinging eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Occasional blurred vision
Treatment Options for Dry Eyes
Over-the-Counter Eye Drops
The most common and easiest treatment is to increase your use of artificial tears. Our optometrist can offer a treatment plan that’s customized to your needs as well as the best artificial tear product for your eyes. Many patients find significant relief by using their artificial tears three or four times a day.
Prescription Eye Drops
There are also a number of prescription eye drops that can provide relief for dry eyes. Our eye doctor can give you a prescription for these eye drops if the over-the-counter drops aren’t working for you.
Plugs for Your Tear Ducts
Another option is to plug your tear ducts. This keeps the moisture from draining off of your eye and into your tear ducts, keeping tears on the surface of your eyes. The plugs are tiny and you won’t feel them in your eye once they are in place.
Other Treatment Options
Even if these treatments don’t work for you, our Fresno optometrist may have other suggestions or be able to refer you to a specialist.
Make Your Appointment Today
You don’t have to live with dry eyes. There are many treatment options available that can help you find relief. Signature Optometry can help you find the treatments that work for your eyes and help you find relief. Fill out the form on this page to make an appointment with our Fresno optometrist and get the dry eye treatment you need so your eyes can see and feel their very best.