You Deserve Comfortable Vision
Itching, burning, red eyes are never welcome. Dry eye affects more than 4.88 million Americans and is often caused by environmental factors like low humidity, dust, wind, smoke, and pollen. This condition can also be caused by dermatological conditions like rosacea.
When your eyes aren’t producing high-quality tears, you may feel that your eyes are dry or overwatering. The overwatering is caused by low-quality tears that don’t stay in your eye.
Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions, but it can be managed through proper treatment and care.
Our friendly optometrists want your eyes to feel their best. If you think you may have dry eyes, we can assist your search for a long-term solution. The first step is to come and talk to us about it.
How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eyes?
Symptoms of dry eyes may include:
- Stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation
- Redness on and around the eye
- Foreign object feeling
- Poor night vision & sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes or blurred vision
- Eye Fatigue
- Stringy mucous
- Fluctuating vision
What Causes Dry Eyes?
A high-quality tear is made up of 3 parts: aqueous (water), meibum oil, and mucous. These three ingredients should come together to create a tear that stays in your eye, lubricates your eye, and helps with clear vision.
If your eyes are too dry, you may be blinking a lot. The aqueous, oils, and mucous levels could be low, resulting in an uneven distribution of lubrication across your eye.
Common Causes of Decreased Tear Production
- Aging is a common factor that contributes to dry eyes
- Medical conditions including allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies, and more
- Medications including antihistamines, decongestants, hormone therapies, antidepressants, high blood pressure medication, birth control, and more
- Prolonged contact lens use that prevents the proper flow of air to the eye
- Laser eye surgery (typically temporary)
Common Causes of Increased Tear Evaporation
- Meibomian gland dysfunction or posterior blepharitis
- Blinking less often due to reading, driving, or using a computer screen for long periods
- Have eyelid problems, such as lids turning outward or inward
- Suffer from eye allergies
- Using low-quality eye drops with preservatives
- Wind, smoke, or dry air in your environment
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction & Blepharitis
Your meibomian glands secrete meibum oil into your eyes, which mixes with the water and mucous to create healthy lubricated eyes.
You have 60–80 meibomian glands in each eye. If they aren’t functioning properly, it can make your eyes feel scratchy and irritated.
The most common issue is clogged meibomian glands. When this happens, they aren’t able to secrete the oil into the eye as needed. If meibomian gland dysfunction continues, it can lead to inflammation along your eyelids called blepharitis.
Treating Dry Eye
If you feel like you have dry eyes, be sure to speak to your eye doctor about it. Our optometrists will be able to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and suggest ways to reduce them.
Some treatment options include:
- Applying a warm compress to your eyelids twice per day
- Using high-quality eye drops and artificial tears
- Meibomian gland expression
- Using mild soaps to keep your eyelids clean
- Specific medical-quality Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Additional options may be available for people who experience chronic or severe dry eye symptoms.
You don’t have to live with red, itchy eyes. Talk to your optometrist about what options are available to you.
See Us For Yourself
Find us on College Parkway between Winkler Road and Premiere Boulevard. We’re located east of the Cape Coral bridge. We serve Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh, and surrounding areas.
- 8801 College Parkway Suite 3
- Fort Myers, FL 33919
- Phone: 239.437.2004
- Monday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
- Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
- Wednesday: 1:00pm – 8:30pm
- Thursday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
- Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed