Do you have the feeling of something is in your eyes, or are your eyes constantly red or itchy? If so, you probably suffer from a common condition known as dry eye. This syndrome affects about 4.88 million Americans, and it is a result of inadequate tears. Our experienced ophthalmologists, Dr. Ali and Dr. Dhaliwal, at Texas Eye Surgeons in Plano, TX, can diagnose and treat dry eye syndrome with state-of-the-art techniques.
Numerous factors can put you at risk for dry eye syndrome. As you get older, your eyes produce fewer tears, which can trigger this syndrome. Dry eye is a side effect of certain medications, including decongestants, antihistamines, acne, and birth control. Specific medical conditions can also bring about dry eyes, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin A deficiency, scleroderma, and Sjogren's syndrome. Most people will experience this condition after having laser eye surgery, but it is only temporary.
The symptoms of dry eye can be uncomfortable and may include the following:
Feeling like you have something in your eyes
Stinging and burning sensation in the eyes
Sensitivity to light
Trouble driving at night
Our ophthalmologists in Plano can tell you if you have dry eyes with an eye exam. If you report suffering from dry eye symptoms, we can perform a Schirmer’s test. During this test, Dr. Ali or Dr. Dhaliwal will place a blotting strip under your lower lid for five minutes. After that time, we will measure the amount of tears that were soaked up by the strip.
In mild cases, our eye surgeons will prescribe artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated. If that doesn’t work for you, we may block your tear ducts and insert punctual plugs so that your tears can last longer before drying up. If the plugs are effective, your eye doctor may suggest a permanent method of closing the tear ducts.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry eye, Dr. Ali and Dr. Dhaliwal at Texas Eye Surgeons can help. Our eye surgeons treat patients in Greenville and Plano and can create an effective treatment plan for your problem. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (972) 379-3937.