Dry eye occurs when the eyes don't have enough tear film on them or the tear film is not of good quality. At Cornea & Cataract Consultants, our ophthalmologist has provided residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin, TN with reliable eye care services for many years. Many of our patients schedule an appointment with our eye doctor for the first time seeking dry eye treatment.
Causes of Dry Eye
There are three layers to this film: fatty oils, water, and mucus. These three combined in the right amounts keep the eyes lubricated and smooth. When one or more of these layers has a problem, the result can be dry eye. Many factors can lead to this disruption of the tear film. Spending long hours in front of a computer screen can cause it, as it causes people to not blink often enough and the tear film to evaporate more rapidly. It can also be caused by hormonal changes, allergic eye disease, autoimmune diseases, and other causes. Many people get it from the dry air they experience when they are on an airplane, sitting in an air-conditioned space, or riding a bike.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
There are many symptoms you can have that can signify dry eye. The symptoms will generally be present in both eyes. If your eyes feel scratchy, burning, or stinging, or you have strings of mucus in or from your eyes, you may have dry eyes. Dry eye can also make you more sensitive to light, cause your eyes to be red, and feel like something has gotten into your eyes. You may have trouble driving in the dark or have blurry vision. You might have trouble with your contact lens or have eyes that feel tired. You may also have watery eyes, as ironic as it seems. This can happen as the eyes react to dry eye and the irritation it causes.
Dry Eye Treatment
Whether you need an eye doctor or an eye surgeon, you can call our eye care offices in Nashville, Murfreesboro, or Franklin to make an appointment where you will be assessed for dry eye. There are many ways to relieve dry eye, and our eye care professionals will help select the treatment method that will be most effective for you.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Ophthalmologist for Eye Care Services in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin
Call Cornea & Cataract Consultants today at (615) 320-7200 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.