Having dry eyes is an uncomfortable symptom that occurs most typically with age or among postmenopausal women. With over 3 million U.S. cases per year, it’s a common condition that can often be resolved with eye drops. Visit optometrist Dr. Andrea J. Stein at Eye See Ravenswood in Chicago to evaluate where your condition warrants a prescription. You can call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Your eyes naturally are filled with tears for lubrication, even when you’re not crying. The moisture serves to keep your eyes functioning comfortably. Tears are made of:
When tears become limited (often due to aging or menopause), you might experience uncomfortable dry eyes.
You may have dry eyes if you experience:
In some cases, dry eyes may even cause watery eyes due to reflex tearing.
Several factors can cause dry eyes. In general, this condition is caused by:
Sometimes environmental factors, like air conditioning, can physically dry out your eyes as well. Specific bodily causes include:
Certain factors may increase your risk of being affected with dry eyes, including:
Treatments for dry eyes serve to provide comfort and relief. Sometimes, dry eyes may be treated using over-the-counter eye drops and ointments or minimal lifestyle changes. Artificial tear drops are effective throughout the day if you experience chronic dry eyes, while a thicker ointment might keep your eyes lubricated throughout the night.
In cases where over-the-counter treatments aren’t effective, see Dr. Stein for stronger prescription medications or even certain procedures.
If your symptoms seem prolonged, even after using g over-the-counter eye drops or ointment, you may need to visit Dr. Stein for a diagnosis. Extensively red, irritated, tired, or painful eyes may need stronger treatment or a different diagnosis.