Find Soothing Relief for Uncomfortable Eyes
Dry eyes are an uncomfortable, irritating issue that many Americans experience. However, dry eye can also be a persistent problem that may require the help of a professional to manage.
Our team at Charles Korth Optometry is proud to help patients like you find soothing dry eye relief. With the tools, technologies, and techniques powered by Total Vision, we can take a deep look into the systems that support your eye comfort and provide strategies that address your unique needs and lifestyle.
We’re ready to help you—please book your eye dry eye appointment with us today!
Why Your Tears Are Important
Much of your eye comfort depends on having a healthy, stable tear film. Your tear film covers the surface of your eyes and includes 3 unique ingredients that perform various functions. These ingredients include:
- Mucus, which keeps your tear film adhered to your eye
- Water, which hydrates your eye and washes away dirt and dust
- Oil, which seals your tear film and prevents it from evaporating
There are 2 different types of dry eye: evaporative dry eye and aqueous tear deficiency. Aqueous tear deficiency occurs when your tear film doesn’t have enough water to hydrate your eyes. And evaporative dry eye develops when your tears evaporate too quickly because the tear film doesn’t have enough oil to prevent the tear film from evaporating.
Without intervention, dry eye can increase the risk of developing infections or damaging your cornea.
Everybody is different, so it’s important to determine what may be causing your symptoms before looking for relief strategies. Some common causes include:
- Overall health conditions
- Eye strain
- Laser eye surgery complications
- Contact lens complications
Before we can start managing your dry eyes, we first need to identify the symptoms you may be experiencing. Your symptoms could also help our team determine which type of dry eye you have.
- Light sensitivity
- Mucus discharge
- Blurry vision
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
One of the most common causes of dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction.
Meibomian glands are located around the edges of your eyelid and are responsible for producing the oils that prevent your tear film from evaporating. However, dirt, residue, or contact lens wear can affect your meibomian glands and how they produce oil.
Managing Dry Eye
You deserve comfortable, hydrated vision. Using modern techniques and technology, we can take a deeper look at your eye comfort and determine what may be causing your dry eye symptoms.
We personalize our approach to fit your needs using a wealth of strategies. Click on each title to learn more about each of these common strategies.
We can recommend various eye drops to help stabilize your tear film and provide dry eye relief. However, we recommend speaking to our team before purchasing any over-the-counter eye drop products, as they may use ingredients not suitable for your eyes.
You can adjust your lifestyle in several ways to help support your eye comfort. These adjustments can include:
- Adding a humidifier to your room or office
- Avoiding dust, wind, and smoke
- Taking regular breaks from visually-demanding tasks
- Facing away from air conditioners, fans, and furnace registers