Clarkson Eyecare is staffed with highly trained dry eye specialists who use the latest technology to conduct thorough eye exams and help diagnose and treat a variety of eye conditions. Dry eyes can be a chronic condition, but your Clarkson Eyecare doctor can prescribe a dry eye treatment to keep your eyes healthy and prevent your vision from being affected.
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Over-the-Counter Dry Eye Treatment Options
The doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can provide advanced treatment options for dry eye and recommend you over-the-counter options. If your eyes feel irritated and dry, try the following at home treatments:
Reduce screen exposure and give your eyes a break
Warm compresses can help stimulate glands to produce tears
Use a humidifier to increase moisture in the air
Use eye drops to help with initial treatment
Fish oil supplements (2-3 grams of omega-3(DHA+ EPA) combined daily)
Please schedule an appointment at Clarkson Eyecare if these over-the-counter options do not work for you. Our doctors can help determine more causes and find the right treatment plan.
Dry Eye Causes
Dry eye is caused by a variety of reasons, but the most common is from decreased tear production and increased tear evaporation. Dry eye is also known as ocular surface disease, because the surface of the eye is inflamed due to the decrease in tears. Some of the causes of these conditions: aging, vitamin A deficiency, medications, certain medical conditions, allergies, wind, smoke, and dry air. Those with rheumatoid arthritis, which mainly impacts the joints, can also have symptoms of dry eye. Our eye doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help diagnose and discover the root cause of your dry eye.
Preventing Dry Eye
Some causes of dry eye are natural over time, but dry eye can be prevented, or symptoms lessened. Since dry eye is primarily caused by reduced moisture in the eye, steps to prevent dry eye can include using humidifiers in your house to increase moisture, wearing sunglasses to prevent harsh wind blowing into the eye and protects the surface of the eye, take screen breaks from phones, computers, and other electronics, using eye drops if you feel irritation, and eating a Vitamin A-rich and omega-3 rich diet.
Dry eye can cause a lot of discomfort if left untreated, the doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help diagnose, discuss options, and create a treatment plan. Click to schedule an appointment for an eye exam to treat dry eye.
Dry eye can be prevented or lessened by reducing screen exposure, protecting your eyes, using eye drops, wearing sunglasses outdoors, and limiting time in dry areas/environments.
Before seeing the eye doctor you can try over-the-counter options like eye drops, using warm compresses, and humidifiers to treat dry eye. If symptoms continue, the eye doctors at Clarkson Eyecare can help with advanced treatment options.
Dry eye can be treated through eye drops or other medication, or more advanced techniques like light therapy, punctal plugs, and special contact lenses.