If your eyes are feeling irritated, and your vision periodically becomes blurred, you may have dry eye. At Eye Encounters, our optometrist can give you a comprehensive eye exam and determine whether or not you have Philadelphia dry eyes.
If you are suffering from Philadelphia dry eyes, it is not in of itself a serious eye problem. However, if dry eye is left untreated, it can go on to cause serious damage to the cornea. Additionally, if you are experiencing any type of vision disturbances or problems, you should make an appointment to come in to see our optometrist for comprehensive vision exam. There are other serious eye diseases which can mimic dry eye symptoms. When a patient has dry eye, they either do not have enough tears, or a high enough quality of tears to lubricate and nourish their eyes. Dry eye is a very common problem which most often occurs in older adults. Dry eye can also be caused by hormonal changes, taking certain medications, or even certain work environments. If you have dry eye, your eyes may experience a variety of different symptoms. When some patients have dry eye, their eyes are irritated, and can feel like there is something in them which cannot be removed. Patients can also experience blurred vision or redness in their eyes. Surprisingly, patients with dry eye can also have excessive eye tearing; however, these tears are not of sufficient quality to actually perform their intended function. Our optometrist will be able to provide you with treatment for your dry eye. In very mild cases, over-the-counter artificial tear solutions may be effective. Our eye doctor can also prescribe medicated eye drops which will stop your dry eye problem. In rarer, more advanced cases, there are types of surgery which can help with dry eye. The surgery can include putting temporary blocks into your tear ducts, or even permanently closing your tear ducts so tears will stay in your eyes longer.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor regarding treatment for your Philadelphia dry eyes, contact us today.