Dry Eye Treatment in South Windsor & Newington
At Aucello EyeCare Center, we know life with dry eyes is often uncomfortable and inconvenient. If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, come see one of our optometrists in South Windsor or Newington who will get to the bottom of your symptoms and help reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Our optometrists offer customized, innovative dry eye treatments that could help restore your eye health and vision.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
If your eyes get dry every once in a while, you don’t necessarily have dry eye syndrome. You may just need a new type of contact lens, for example, or more protective eyewear in cold and windy conditions. If your eyes regularly fail to produce the proper amount of lubrication, and your eyes get dry and itchy as a result, you could have dry eye disease.
Also known as dry eye syndrome, this disease is characterized by surface ocular inflammation (in other words, eye irritation) due to a lack of tears or a poor quality of tears. Common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:
- Irritated eyes – Eye irritation could be a sign that your eyes aren’t properly flushing out irritants
- Itchy eyes – Itchy or scratchy eyes are a symptom of dehydrated corneas and poor tear production
- Blurry vision – If your eyes are inflamed or irritated by tiny debris, blurry vision is a natural consequence
- Excess watering – This may sound counterintuitive, but any irregular tear production could mean your eyes can’t regulate their own moisture properly
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to help determine the source of your eye discomfort.
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a common diagnosis because it’s a side effect of many different eye conditions and irregularities. Of course, treatment is more effective if we know what caused your particular case of dry eye syndrome. Your eye doctor in Newington or South Windsor will perform a thorough evaluation to identify possible causes of your dry eye syndrome, such as:
- Keratoconus – This eye condition causes irregular curvature of the cornea, so if you wear contact lenses that come in direct contact with your eyes (rather than specialty scleral lenses), irritation will occur
- Meibomian gland dysfunction – When these important glands are exposed to certain bacteria, their function decreases, causing partial or complete plugging of the gland openings
- Natural aging process – Many patients notice decreased tear production as they age, sometimes related to another condition, like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
- Computer eye strain – Do you spend long hours looking at bright screens without blinking or taking breaks?
Of course, these are just a few examples of the common conditions that can cause dry eye syndrome.
How Do Eye Doctors Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?
Once we understand the symptoms and possible causes of your dry eye syndrome, our optometry team will work together to increase your natural tear production and prevent the problem from recurring. Some of your dry eye treatment options include:
- Medicated eye drops that reduce inflammation and stimulate tear production
- Punctal plugs, an outpatient procedure that involves the insertion of artificial collagen plugs to reduce symptoms
- Artificial tears, or eye drops that help you create your own eye lubrication
- Prokera, a new technology that uses an amniotic membrane to treat a host of chronic ocular surface eye diseases such as dry eye
- Lifestyle adjustments Treating dry eye syndrome could mean stepping away from the computer, using a humidifier, drinking more water, or even taking supplements to increase your body’s ability to stay hydrated
We offer comprehensive dry eye treatment in South Windsor and Newington including eye drops and treatments that help kick-start your eye’s tear production once again. Appointments are available on evenings and weekends, so call us today to request an exam that fits into your schedule.