Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that impacts the eye's ability to produce tears. In order to be functional, the eye must remain lubricated. This allows the eye to fully move in its socket and to see clearly. For a variety of reasons, the eyes may not have enough lubrication, which can cause pain in the eye. The eye may feel dry or scratchy during movement or blinking. The eye may also appear red, irritated, or blood shot.
What Causes Dry Eye?
There are many reasons why a person may develop dry eye syndrome. Sometimes, dry eye is the result of the eye not being able to produce enough tears. This can be from a damaged or malfunctioning tear duct. In other cases, the eye might not be able to produce quality tears. Sometimes, the balance of water, oil, and mucus in the tear is off, creating poor quality tears. Dry eye syndrome can develop as a person ages, or may be the result of an injury to the eye or tear duct. Environmental factors can also contribute to dry eye. Playing certain sports without protective goggles, dust, and smoke can all cause dry eye symptoms as well.
How Can an Ophthalmologist Help?
An ophthalmologist is able to fully examine the eye and determine the reason for a person's dry eye symptoms. Once the doctor understands why the condition is occurring, he or she can set out to correct the problem. In some cases, simple moisturizing drops are enough to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye. Many of these drops can be used as necessary to moisten the eye and prevent painful eye movements. In more severe cases, it may be necessary to consult with an eye surgeon. An eye surgeon can help in cases where the tear duct may be malfunctioning or damaged. Surgery can be used to unclog or widen a tear duct, allowing tears to flow correctly to the eye. With an appropriately functioning tear duct, the eye will be properly lubricated and be able to move around in the eye socket free of pain.
The team at Texas Eye Surgeons understands how painful dry eyes can be. With our team of doctors, led by Dr. Ali and Dr. Dhaliwal, we are dedicated to the best eye care available. Located in Plano, and serving Greenville, our team is caring and passionate about eye care. If you are experiencing trouble associated with dry eyes, Dr. Ali and Dr. Dhaliwal may be able to help. To set up a consultation and appointment, call our office today at 972-379-3937. We are happy to help you live a pain free life.