One of the most common reasons that people visit an eye doctor is for dry eyes. It can make eyes very uncomfortable. With convenient offices in northeastern Pennsylvania, Precision EyeGroup treats dry eye in Honesdale, Dingmans Ferry, Carbondale, & Lake Ariel, PA.
Every time you blink your eyes get a layer of tears to keep them moist. This happens constantly when the eyes are functioning normally. The tears have three layers and if something goes wrong with any of these layers, or if your eyes don't make enough tears, you can develop dry eyes.
Causes of dry eye
Looking at a computer screen is a common cause of dry eye. When you look at a phone screen, a tablet, a laptop, or a computer, your eyes don't blink as often as they usually do. This can lead to dry eye. The same thing can happen when you are staring at anything including a book.
Living in a dry climate can result in dry eyes. The moisture film that protects your eyes can evaporate. Wind and smoke can also cause this to happen.
Some medications can cause you to have dry eyes. Always read the side effects before starting a prescription. Some medical conditions can also cause dry eyes.
Wearing contact lenses for too long can result in dry eyes. Having LASIK eye surgery can also result in dry eye in Honesdale, Dingmans Ferry, Carbondale, & Lake Ariel, PA.
- Stinging and burning
- Excessive tears in your eyes
- Blurred vision
- The feeling of grit in your eyes
- Irritated and red eyes
Artificial tears can be purchased at the pharmacy over the counter. Your eye doctor may recommend that you try these. Several brands are available, and you can test them to see which one works the best for you. If these are not doing the job, your optometrist can give you a prescription for artificial tears.
If the artificial tears are not giving the expected amount of relief, another option is getting the tear ducts plugged. These can be removed at a later date if you want them out.
You can try adding a humidifier to your home to put some moisture in the air. Try to stay out of the wind or the direct find from a fan. If your eyes are feeling dry, try warm compresses on your eyes.
Contact Precision EyeGroup when you suffer from dry eye in Honesdale, Dingmans Ferry, Carbondale, & Lake Ariel, PA. You can reach out through the website or on the phone. Call Honesdale at (570) 253-6551, Carbondale at (570) 282-4080, Dingmans Ferry at (570) 686-1102, and Lake Ariel at (570) 698-4140.