Dry eye syndrome is a very common condition caused by a lack of tears or bad quality in tears. There are also some medications that can cause dry eye syndrome, such as some drugs used to tear high blood pressure, antihistamines, and certain antidepressants. Some environmental factors can also cause dry eye. These factors include poor air quality or tasks that require less blinking such as driving or reading.
Currently, there is no specified cure for dry eye. There are several effective treatments for dry eye available at our office in Westerville, Ohio. Mild dry eye symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter eye drops. If your symptoms are more persistent and serious, your treatment options depend on what is causing your dry eyes.
Common symptoms of dry eye
- Scratchy or gritty sensation
- Itching and/or burning
- Foreign body sensation
- Watery eyes
Some symptoms may suggest an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, so it is important for you to see an eye doctor at Comprehensive EyeCare in Westerville if you have serious symptoms. Remember, dry eye is very common and our doctors at Comprehensive EyeCare are well versed in the treatment of this condition.
Common prescription medications used to treat dry eyes
- Antibiotics that reduce eyelid inflammation
- Eye drops that control cornea inflammation
- Eye inserts that work like artificial tears
Other treatments include
- Covering your eyes with special contact lenses
- Closing your tear ducts to reduce tear loss
- Unblocking oil glands
Remember, there is currently no outright cure for dry eye, but the treatments are effective in managing symptoms and making dry eye syndrome very easy to live with. Comprehensive EyeCare Center in Westerville encourages you to come in for an eye exam if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. We will make sure you get the treatment tailored to the specific cause of your dry eyes.