If you’re dealing with uncomfortable dry eyes, highly skilled optometrist Alisha Poonawala, OD, at Pack Optical in Fort Worth, Texas, can provide a wide range of diagnostic tests to determine the root cause of your dry eyes. Dr. Poonawala can also provide highly effective treatments to give you relief. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
One of the most common reasons for dry eyes is an allergic reaction to irritants on your skin or in the air, such as smoke. Contact lenses can also cause dry eyes if they’re worn improperly, for too long, or in a place with lots of smoke. Other causes of dry eyes include:
Dry eye syndrome refers to a breakdown in the quality or quantity of tears that moisten, protect, and wash your eyes. With each blink, your tears protect the surface of your eye and wash away dust and microorganisms. When this coating dries up, your eyes might feel gritty and may become more sensitive to light. In extreme cases, vision can be blurry.
Your tears are a mixture of mucus, fatty oils, and water. The mixture helps smooth and clear the surface of your eyes and protect them from infection. For some people, dry eyes may be due to decreased tear production. For others, it may be due to increased tear evaporation and an imbalance in the components of the tear mixture.
Numerous factors can cause eye allergies and irritation, including:
Some eye allergies are seasonal and offer periods of relief before the allergies are triggered again.
Dr. Poonawala provides a range of effective treatments for dry eyes and eye allergies, including allergy medications, such as rinses and eye lubricants to help soothe irritated eyes and flush out allergens. Dr. Poonawala might also recommend decongestant eye-drops, which constrict blood vessels to reduce redness. Some oral antihistamines can also be effective.
Some eye drops are designed to provide lubrication for your eye and act as artificial tears, while others are aimed at reducing redness and irritation.
Be aware of consistently dry and red eyes, since this can indicate excessive inflammation of the eyes. Excessive inflammation is a key sign of certain diseases, such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis. A comprehensive eye evaluation can rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing or exacerbating your eye complications.
To get a diagnosis and receive treatment for your dry eyes, book an appointment online or over the phone with Pack Optical today.