Dealing with dry eyes? Here’s how to get this problem under control.
With more and more people spending time in front of a screen these days, our Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL, eye doctors are also seeing more and more patients who are complaining of dry eyes. While an acute case of dry eye may benefit from artificial tears, which you can easily purchase over the counter, a chronic or recurring dry eye will require professional care.
What causes dry eyes?
Knowing what’s causing your dry eyes can also help us determine the best way to treat this common issue. Some common causes of dry eyes include,
- Aging (dry eyes may become more common over 50)
- Side effects of certain medications (e.g. antihistamines)
- Eyestrain due to computer use
- Laser eye surgery
- Autoimmune disorders
- Environmental irritants (e.g. smoke)
- Contact lenses
How do I treat dry eyes?
If this is something that you’ve just started dealing with there are some helpful ways to improve dry eyes and get relief. Some ways to manage dry eyes on your own includes,
- Avoiding environments that are dry or smoky
- Using a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom
- Using artificial tears
- Wearing protective glasses when going out on windy days
- Limiting the amount of time you wear your contact lenses
- Taking regular vision breaks from the computer
When should I see an eye doctor?
You should schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors if at-home treatment isn’t working or if you’re dealing with red, irritated, painful dry eyes that won’t go away. After all, dry eyes can cause damage to the eye and impact vision if left untreated. Our eye doctors will be able to determine what’s causing your dry eyes and provide you with the right treatment option. Some ways to treat dry eyes include,
- Prescription-strength eye drops
- Warm compresses
- Punctal plugs
- Meibomian gland expression
- IPL Treatment
If dry eyes are becoming a common occurrence, it’s worth it to turn to our eye doctors here at Brandon Eye Associates. Our eye doctors provide comprehensive eye care to people living in and around Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL. If you need to schedule an appointment to address dry eyes, call us at (813) 684-2211.