If you have had uncomfortable eyes that feel too dry, you may be suffering from dry eye. If you do have dry eye, you don't need eye surgery. There are many ways that your condition can be treated with the help of an eye doctor. At Peninsula Ophthalmology Group, we have provided Bay Area residents with dry eye treatment services for many years.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition that occurs when a patient doesn't have the right amount of tear film on the front of their eyes or their tear film is not of good quality. There are many different reasons that this can occur, and there are many ways to treat the condition. In general, it is highly uncomfortable and can interfere with normal life.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
You may have just one symptom of dry eye, or you may have several. The symptoms include the eye turning red, the eyes watering, and stringy mucus coming from the eyes. The eyes may feel tired, itchy, irritated, burning, or stinging. You may feel like your eyes are gritty and have something inside of them. You may find that you are rubbing your eyes often or that you have crust in your eyelashes in the morning. Your eyes may feel too dry, and your vision could be blurry.
Causes of Dry Eye
There are so many things that can cause dry eye that it can be hard to pinpoint the reason. If you are going through a major hormonal change such as pregnancy or menopause, this can be the reason. There are aloes many medications that can cause the condition, including many antidepressants. You may simply be getting older, as age does affect the dryness of the eyes. You might spend long hours in front of a computer screen. When you do this, it causes you to blink less often, and this leads to drier eyes. It can also be caused by the drier air of the winter months. The colder temperatures result in less moisture in the air, and this can lead to dry eyes. It can occur because of being in the wind too much as with bike riding. It can also come from being in an overly air-conditioned room for long periods.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor for Dry Eye Treatment
If you need to schedule an ophthalmology appointment for an eye exam to find out whether you have dry eye and to get treated, call one of our Peninsula Ophthalmology Group eye care centers. If you are in the Bay Area, you can call our Daly City, San Francisco, or Burlingame offices to make your appointment.