Dry Eye Assessments

Dry Eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.

Causes

Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

Symptoms

People with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning sensation. They may also experience a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and even blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

How we can help

At Lickteig Family Eye Care we can perform a dry eye assessment to determine if you have a diagnosis of Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), also referred to as Dry Eye Syndrome. Should your eyes meet the criteria, there are treatments. We can offer therapeutic remedies for more minor cases. For more severe cases, we may refer you to a provider who can offer medical remedies to restore your eyes to produce the normal amount of tears required to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain your eye’s health.