Dry Eye Treatment at Lickteig Family Eye Care
Your eyes can make your life a wonderful thing by allowing you to see the world around you, or they can make your life more uncomfortable and limited than it ought to be. Dry eye is a case in point. This problem not only causes considerable discomfort, but it can also interfere with your eyesight -- sometimes with lasting effects. If your eyes are chronically sore and dry, come to Lickteig Family Eye Care for the state of the art in primary dry eye treatment.
Causes and Signs of Dry Eye
Your eyes depend on a steady supply of tears, which coat the front surfaces in a three-layered tear film. An outer oil layer sits on top of the water layer, while an underlying mucous layer holds the film to the eye. You may develop dry eye if you're not producing enough tears, but you can also suffer from it if one of these ingredients is out of balance with the others. This is especially true if your meibomian glands are contributing insufficient oil, which can allow the water in the tears to evaporate. Blockages in these glands can limit their performance. Age-related dryness, medications or diseases that have a drying effect on tissues, wind exposure, and unusually slow blinking (usually due to extended computer usage) can also contribute to dry eye issues.
Dry eye makes its presence known in a number of ways. Typical symptoms include irritation, redness, itching, heavy eyelids, a gritty feeling in the eyes, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. Long-term complications may include corneal abrasions or ulcerations that leave permanent scars.
Relief, Management and Preventative Care From Our Eye Doctors
Our eye doctors at Lickteig Family Eye Care are happy to provide dry assessments to diagnose the causes of your symptoms. Once we know why you're suffering from dry eye, we can provide a number of treatment, management and prevention methods. Artificial tears or medicated eye drops may provide prompt, soothing relief. If you need contact lenses to do a better job of retaining moisture, we may recommend scleral contacts. If your meibomian glands are blocked, our optometrists can refer you to a specialist for treatments to unblock them. We can also advise you on elements of your lifestyle or work routine that you can adjust to help keep dry eye out of your life.
Call Our Optometrists in Dedham, Medford, Boston, or Natick
Dry eye can be a serious problem -- but Lickteig Family eye Care offers serious solutions. Call our Dedham, Medford, Boston, or Natick office to schedule the necessary assessment and treatment from our team of optometrists!