You know that your eye and visual centers are complex systems, but this complexity applies to so many things, even your tears.

You may be under the impression that your tears are just salt water, but they are really made up of four very distinct parts which all work together to keep your eyes working and comfortable. From the water that moisturizes your eyes and the oils that lubricate and prevent evaporation, to the mucus that spreads tears evenly and antibodies which resist infection, your tears are a delicate balance of fluids which are necessary to maintain your eye health.

When you have dry eye syndrome, your eyes are either not producing enough tears, or the quality of those tears is less than perfect. If you have plenty of moisture, but no lubrication, then your eyes will suffer. On the other hand, if you have no moisture, than your eyes will be consistently irritated, leading you to display the following symptoms:

  • Pain, usually stinging or burning
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A gritty or scratchy feeling
  • Redness
  • Feeling like you have something in your eyes
  • Blurred vision

Whether it is caused by the natural aging of your eyes, side effects from drugs you may be taking, or have a disease that affects how your eyes produce tears, we can effectively diagnose and treat your dry eye syndrome.

There are several option to help you with the symptoms of dry eye, and what your doctor will prescribe depends on your condition and the cause. While you can live with dry eye, it is uncomfortable, painful and frustrating, not to mention it is often accompanied by over-tearing and other inhibiting side effects. Let us find the treatment option that is best for you and schedule your appointment today!