Do your eyes trouble you with discomfort, blurry vision, and other issues? Chances are that you suffer from a common (but by no means trivial) problem known as dry eye syndrome or simply dry eye for short. Recurring or constant dryness can not only hurt your quality of life; it can potentially damage your eyes. That's why you'll want to seek out the necessary dry eye diagnosis and treatment here at Premier Eye Care in Fort Worth TX.
To understand what dry eye is and why it poses such a problem, you first must understand how eye moisture normally works. The tear film that continuously bathes your eyes is composed of three ingredients, including a mucous layer, a water layer, and a topmost layer of oil (produced by meibomian glands in the eyelids). This tear film protects, hydrates, and lubricates the delicate tissues of the eyes. When you can't produce enough tears to maintain a constant tear film, you end up with a dry eye. Age, medications, wind exposure, excessive computer use, and underlying diseases can all cause this problem. You can also suffer from the dry eye if your meibomian glands aren't producing enough oil to prevent the water in your tears from evaporating.
Dry eye causes a variety of problems. Your eye may feel itchy or painful as if you had dust in them. The whites of the eyes may turn red, and you may suffer from unusual sensitivity to light as well as blurring of vision. The long-term implications of the untreated dry eye can be even more troubling. The longer your eyes go without the necessary tear film, the more vulnerable they are to infections and corneal scarring, with significant vision loss as a possible result.
Our Fort Worth optometry center has the skills, tools, and expertise to help you overcome your dry eye challenges. Regular eye and vision exams can reveal irritation and other telltale signs of dry eye, allowing us to remedy it before it becomes a serious problem. If you're already struggling with the condition, we can evaluate your tear film to see whether it's out of balance or simply insufficient. We can then provide moisturizing/lubricating eye drops, advice about switching medications or getting help for an underlying health problem, treatment for blocked meibomian glands, or lifestyle suggestions such as environmental or work-habit changes.
Don't let dry eye jeopardize your vision and comfort. Get the answers you need by calling our Fort Worth clinic at (817) 428-2020!