Whether acute or chronic, dry eyes can be extremely uncomfortable and distracting. If you’ve been looking for optometrist in Shreveport who can help you manage your dry eye symptoms, then come visit the Silverblatt Eye Clinic where our eye doctor, Dr. Sam Silverblatt offers quality, professionalism, and customized care to all their patients.
What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eye?
Believe it or not, dry eye is not the only symptom of dry eye condition! There are actually several other symptoms that people notice when they have an acute or chronic bout of dry eyes, including:
- Red, itchy, burning, and/or swollen eyes
- A feeling of grittiness in the eye or something stuck in the eye
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Excessive watery discharge (often clear) that can leave a crusty residue overnight
Of course, not every person who suffers from dry eye will have the exact same symptoms. Plus, the severity, duration, and type of dry eyes will vary greatly depending on what’s causing your dry eye condition.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes can be caused by a wide number of factors. The most common causes include:
- Anything that causes a reduction in the quality and/or amount of tears normally produced by your tear glands (including a condition known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca)
- Too much time in front of a computer screen or television
- Smoking or being around smoke
- Age-related changes including menopause
- Side effects to certain medications
Dry eyes can also occur as a complication of another underlying health condition including inflammatory arthritis and diabetes
How We Can Treat Your Dry Eyes
It’s important to have an optometrist evaluate your condition to determine the underlying cause, which will help guide treatment.
Dr. Silverblatt may prescribe a variety of dry eye treatment to manage your symptoms (and address the underlying cause of your symptoms), including:
- Medicated eye drops
- Patient education to ensure proper hygiene and symptom relief (including cold compresses on the eyes and thorough hand-washing before/after touching the eyes)
- Prescription glasses (in lieu of contact lenses, which may not be comfortable)
Certain people may require surgery to address their dry eyes and decreased tear film (the protective layer of tears that normally is present on the outside of your eyes, which keep your eyes moist and nourished). In this case, our optometrists in Shreveport can help manage your pre- and post-operative care.
Get Quality Dry Eye Treatment Today With A Shreveport Eye Doctor!
In need of professional and quality dry eye treatment near you? Call Silverblatt Eye Clinic at 318-798-4000 to schedule an appointment with a Shreveport eye doctor today! We look forward to meeting with you!