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Dry Eye With Winchester Optical In Winchester, MA

Dry eye may not seem like a very serious vision condition, but it sure is uncomfortable. You often have a hard time focusing at work due to the symptoms. Even relaxing at home with a movie with the family is tough for you.

If you haven’t already, you might want to consider seeing an eye doctor in Winchester for dry eye care.

woman being examined for dry eye from her optometrist

What Is Dry Eye?

Dry eye symptoms begin when your eyes don’t get enough moisture. Your eyes may have a hard time producing tears in adequate quantities. Conditions like dysfunctional tear syndrome, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, and Keratitis Sicca are often associated with dry eye syndrome.

Mucin (or mucous), aqueous substance (water), and lipids (oil) constitute regular, healthy tears. If you lack any of these three substances, tear production may lessen or change in other ways. This can cause painful dry eye. Here are some other causes to be aware of:

  • Having conditions like lagophthalmos, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and diabetes
  • Taking birth control, medication for blood pressure, antidepressants, and antihistamines
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Flying in planes often
  • Living in or spending time in windy and/or dry weather
  • Using indoor heaters, ceiling fans, and/or air conditioning
  • Having menopause
  • Turning 50
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Getting too much screen time on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more

What Are Its Symptoms?

If you have noticed one or more of the following, you could have dry eye:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light, also known as photophobia
  • Reddened eyes
  • Dryness and soreness
  • Eye exhaustion and heaviness
  • A pain that’s more like an ache
  • Itchiness
  • Burning feelings

Treatments for Dry Eye

Once your optometrist diagnoses you with dry eye, they can then treat you. Managing dry eye is often about making lifestyle changes more than anything else. For instance, you might limit how often you spend time on your phone or on the computer.

Medical treatments for dry eye include prescription eye medications and/or artificial tears. By combining medication with the lifestyle changes above, you should find you don’t get dry eye pain nearly as often.

Have Dry Eye? Visit Winchester Optical, Your Optometrist in Winchester

If you’re dealing with the pain and discomfort associated with dry eye, don’t wait another day for the optometry treatment you need. Here at Winchester Optical, your optometrist in the Winchester area, we can get you some relief from dry eye symptoms.

Our other eye care services are vision therapy, multifocal contact lens fittings, frame selection, computer vision treatment, sunglasses fittings, hard-to-fit contact fittings, an eye exam, and more. We also treat conditions such as conjunctivitis, diabetic retinopathy, myopia, Keratoconus, amblyopia, and macular degeneration.

Come see us today at Winchester Optical on 888 Main Street. You can also reach us by phone at 781-729-4553.

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