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Dry Eye Treatment from Our Local Amarillo Optometrist

Dry eyes typically occur if you do not produce enough tears or your tears are of poor quality. The basic problem comes from an imbalance between tear production and drainage. In some cases, tears evaporate too quickly to properly moisturize the eye. Since the eye needs sufficient tears to remain healthy and comfortable, and produce clear vision, dry eyes require treatment from your optometrist in Amarillo, TX.

Woman using eye drops for her dry eyes in Amarillo, TX.

How Tears Normally Function to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Glands in and around your eyelids product tears with 3 main components: lipids (oil), mucus and water. The oil layer of the tears helps delay water evaporation, and the mucus layer allows even spreading of tear moisture over the cornea (the eye surface) each time you blink. Most commonly, dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS), is the result of insufficient water in the tears. Tear lubrication helps to:

  • Nourish the eye surface, keeping it clear and smooth.
  • Decrease the risk of eye infection.
  • Flush foreign matter out of your eyes.
  • Prevent inflammation of the cornea.

Once their purpose is served, excess tears drain through tear ducts at the inner corners of your eyes and down through the back of your nose.

Dry Eye Causes

If you experience these symptoms, see our optometrist near Amarillo TX for an eye exam:

  • Age - Most people over age 65 have dry eye symptoms.
  • Gender - Hormonal fluctuation due to pregnancy and menopause make the dry eye more common in women.
  • Diseases - Thyroid disease, RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and diabetes often cause dry eyes. Eyelid inflammation (blepharitis) or corneal swelling can also bring on dry eye.
  • Drug side effects - Antihistamines, antidepressants and certain blood pressure medicines can lower tear production and cause dry eyes.
  • Air quality - Windy weather, dry air and smoke from fire or tobacco can bring on dry eye problems.
  • Screen time - We tend not to blink frequently enough when using computers or mobile devices which can dry the eyes.
  • And more - Contact lenses wearers, especially over the long term, can develop dry eyes, as can certain patients after eye surgery. 

Dry Eye Treatment from Our Amarillo Optometrist 

See our optometrist near Amarillo to determine which treatments are best for your dry eyes:

  • Using artificial tears - If your dry eye problem is minor, over-the-counter artificial tear products may help. Choose a type without preservatives to avoid eye irritation.
  • Supplements - Taking omega 3 (fish oil) supplements can help with dry eye.
  • Preserving your natural tears - Temporary tear duct plugs can be placed in order to keep your tears from draining away so quickly. This can also be accomplished (permanently) through surgery.
  • Encouraging extra tear production - eye drops prescribed by our optometrist can increase tear production.
  • Treating any eyelid or cornea inflammation - Placing a warm compress on the eye, along with and eyelid massage or eyelid cleaner can help. In addition, prescription eye drops may be needed.

Contact Our Amarillo Eye Doctor for Dry Eye Treatment

If you’re troubled by symptoms of dry eye, get treatment immediately to help prevent complications, avoid eye damage and maintain the clearest possible vision. To learn more or make an appointment with our Amarillo eye doctor at Balfour Optical, contact us at 806-355-4407 today.