Dry eyes can be debilitating or lead to complications if left untreated. If you experience discomfort due to dry eyes, Ashvini Reddy, MD, and her experienced ophthalmology team offer solutions at Athena Eye Institute in San Antonio, Texas. They use medications, laser treatments, or minor surgical procedures to offer dry eye relief. If your dry eyes last longer than several days or are severe, schedule an appointment with Athena Eye Institute over the phone or online today.
Dry eyes occur when your body doesn’t produce enough tears to adequately lubricate your eyes, or your tears are poor quality. Dry eyes can be uncomfortable.
Symptoms of dry eyes include:
Risk factors for developing dry eyes include older age, having diabetes or other health conditions, taking certain medications, previously undergoing laser eye surgery, wearing contact lenses, and tear gland damage due to radiation or inflammation.
You may also experience complications associated with dry eyes such as eye surface damage and eye infections.
To diagnose dry eyes and what’s causing them, Dr. Reddy reviews your symptoms and medical history. She also completes a comprehensive eye exam, analyzes tear quality, and measures the volume of your tears to determine the most appropriate dry eye treatment plan for you.
Your personalized dry eye treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition. Dr. Reddy and her team might recommend:
For mild dry eyes, simply using over-the-counter eye drops can offer symptom relief. Dr. Reddy may prescribe certain medications to relieve inflammation or increase eye lubrication. The medicines may be in the form of eye drops, pills, or gels.
Treating underlying diseases responsible for dry eyes helps alleviate symptoms. Switching medications or properly managing chronic diseases like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis can offer you relief.
Wearing special contact lenses developed for people with dry eyes may reduce the dryness associated with contacts.
Intense-pulsed light therapy along with massaging your eyelids may help alleviate discomfort due to dry eyes.
Wearing removable tear duct plugs or undergoing minor a procedure that uses heat to plug tear ducts, helps increase the number of tears.
Don’t live with dry eyes that cause discomfort when simple treatments are available at Athena Eye Institute. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.