Dry Eye Treatment from Your Okmulgee or South Tulsa Optometrist
If you are in the South Tulsa, Okmulgee, or Bixby areas and need relief from your dry eye symptoms, contact The Eye Center today. Make an appointment today, or call to learn more about our eye care and services.
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca: Cause and Treatment
Unless you or a family member have experienced keratoconjunctivitis sicca, you've probably never heard about it. It's always alarming when an eye condition arises, and the symptoms of this diagnosis can be quite uncomfortable. Let's learn more about keratoconjunctivitis sicca and how your eye doctor can help.
In a nutshell, keratoconjunctivitis sicca is dryness of the conjunctiva and the cornea. The conjunctiva is the membrane that lines the eyelids, and covers the white part of the eye.
This condition can vary in root cause and severity. Some common causes of this problem include:
- Tear glands not producing enough tears.
- Tears evaporating too quickly.
- Autoimmune disease.
- Not blinking enough.
Symptoms can include:
- The feeling of dryness in the eye.
- Feeling that there is something in the eye.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Blurred vision.
Symptoms can become worse in dry environments, when exposed to environmental pollutants such as dust or smoke, and when certain medications are taken.
How Can Your Optometrist Help?
Your eye doctor can diagnose the problem to be sure it isn't a different condition. Then, decide on an appropriate course of treatment. In many cases, eye drops known as "artificial tears" will suffice. In more severe cases, prescription eye drops may be necessary. If these treatments are ineffective, punctum plugs may be necessary. These tiny plugs block tears from leaving the eyes thus increasing the amount of lubrication.
If you struggle with dry eyes, some steps you can take include avoiding pollutants and irritants, such as cigarette smoke, outdoor pollution and staying out of the wind when possible. It's also a good idea to use a humidifier indoors. These steps can decrease dryness and irritation.
Get To Know Your Okmulgee and South Tulsa Eye Doctors
Be sure you are caring for your eyes by seeing your optometrist regularly. Your eye doctor can not only be sure your vision is cared for, but also help your eyes stay healthy overall. Many eye conditions can be prevented through regular check-ups. This can prevent small issues from becoming serious later on.
Schedule an appointment with The Eye Center at one of our two convenient locations, in South Tulsa or Okmulgee. Our practice is a state of the art, full service optometry clinic dedicated to serving you.