Eyes help us to maintain the quality of life that we and our loved ones have grown accustomed to. Practicing self-eye care, while helpful, may not always consistently maintain perfect eye health or optimum moisture. Our eyes require enough tears to keep them from being uncomfortably dry and windy conditions or a blockage in a tear duct may cause pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, experiencing dry eyes is even more problematic as we age. Dry eyes can cause such discomfort that daily activities may be too difficult for us to accomplish, including driving or watching television before bed. It may be time to consider treatment for dry eye.
If you are concerned with how your dry eyes are impacting your daily life, here are a few of the more common symptoms and their corresponding treatment options that you will want to mull over carefully with your physician.
1) Sensitivity to light may be one of the most common symptoms associated with dry eyes. If your physician feels it is necessary after other treatments have not worked properly, ordering prescription sunglasses through an optometrist may be a long-term solution for your light sensitivity.
2) The most common symptom associated with dry eyes is scratchiness with a stinging or burning feeling. Artificial tears are an easy, sometimes over-the-counter solution to remedy this particular set of symptoms.
3) Feeling like your eyes are tired is another symptom that may be attributed to poor eye lubrication. If you are experiencing eye fatigue, a combination of sunglasses and artificial tears may assist in keeping your eyes their best.
4) Eyes that are crusted over in the morning are typically a sign of one or more blocked tear ducts in our eyes. If this is a problem for you, a warm compress, steam, or a facial massage will likely assist you in loosening whatever may be blocking your tear ducts.
5) In rare instances, the symptoms of dry eyes do not clear up properly with readily accessible treatment options. If this is the case for you, a member of our team may also recommend that you take care to increase the humidity in your home and also take nutritional supplements.
Dry eyes may cause infections and long-term damage to your eyes if the symptoms are not properly managed in a reasonable amount of time, and treatment for dry eye could be the next step for you.
Aging comes with its own set of problems that are somewhat distressing and frustrating for individuals to experience. Dry eyes, while not uncommon, can make activities of daily living somewhat difficult to accomplish alone. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, it would be wise to consult with our team to further discuss what treatment options may be available for your unique symptoms and circumstances. Contact us today at Live Oak Ophthalmology and schedule your consultation to learn more about treatment for dry eye from our team in Wilmington, NC!