The dry climate of Arizona can take its toll on your eyes. Dry eye can be painful and interfere with your ability to see. It can also make wearing contacts difficult or impossible. At Optical Expressions, our optometry experts provide care for dry eye and other eye care issues for residents in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas.
Causes of Dry Eye
Dry eye may develop when your eyes do not make enough tears. In some cases, it stems from the eyes not making quality tears. For some people, the fluid in their eyes evaporates too rapidly to adequately keep their eyes hydrated.
Your general practitioner may not always be able to identify the root of the problem. However, for others, the cause is apparent. For instance, chronic health conditions, including thyroid disorders, lupus, or scleroderma, could lead to dry eye. Sometimes, it is a direct effect of a vitamin deficiency. For others, the reason could be because of the side effects of medication.
First, our eye doctor may ask about your symptoms and when they occur. You will usually have to undergo a comprehensive eye exam. Our eye doctor may also want to measure your tears and possibly evaluate their composition.
Dry Eye Treatment
We may prescribe eye drops that you use as needed or on a regular basis. The eye drops will thoroughly hydrate your eyes. These eye drops are prescription-based, so they tend to be of better quality than eye drops bought over the counter.
Our eye doctor will also suggest lifestyle changes you can make to increase your comfort. For instance, we may recommend you take breaks when you have to look at a computer screen for prolonged periods. We may also recommend you make sure you blink more frequently. If you cannot wear contact lenses or find it uncomfortable because of your dry eye, our eye doctor can prescribe lenses that are known to stay hydrated and not irritate your eyes.
Contact Optical Expressions
At Optical Expressions, we provide quality eye care to treat your dry eye and improve your eye health. If you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or the surrounding areas, contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment with our eye doctors.