Treat Dry Eye With Our Fackrell Eye Care in Boise, ID
Dry eyes can be a common occurrence. While most people experience dryness as a mild irritation, the sensation of dry eyes can be a sign of a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.
An Overview of Dry Eye
Dry eye occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes. This can happen for a number of reasons, including aging, medications and medical conditions. Inadequate tear production can lead to discomfort in your eyes, stringy mucus around your eyes, eye redness, feeling like there is something in your eyes, watery eyes, blurred vision, and light sensitivity, among other symptoms. Dry eyes can also make it difficult to wear contacts.
While the dryness is often an irritation, it can also cause complications in the eyes, including infections, eye damage and difficulty completing daily tasks. This is why it's important to seek medical attention at Fackrell Eye Care in Boise, ID if you are experiencing symptoms of dry eyes.
Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye
Dry eye is typically diagnosed through an eye exam, which includes an examination of overall health as well as eye health. Tests may also be done to test the volume and quality of your tears, which can help narrow the cause of your eye dryness. Once you have been diagnosed, your Boise, ID optometrist can help develop an effective treatment to keep your eyes from being too dry and uncomfortable.
Most people with mild dry eye can use over-the-counter or prescription eye drops to lubricate the eyes and compensate for the lack of tear production. The lubrication from the eye drops (artificial tears) will ease the symptoms associated with dry eye and help prevent complications.
If your condition is more serious, you may need to seek other treatment options. Typically, the treatment options depend on the cause of your dryness. For example, if the eye dryness is due to a medication, you may be able to find a different medication that doesn't include dry eyes as a potential side effect.
In addition, there are medications that reduce eyelid inflammation, stimulate tear production and address other underlying causes for dryness. Your doctor at Fackrell Eye Care may also recommend a procedure, such as using special contact lenses or unblocking oil glands, to address your eye dryness.
You can also make lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of developing dryness, including drinking plenty of water, wearing protective eyewear, taking breaks during long stretches at the computer and adding a humidifier to your home during dry seasons.
Make An Appointment Today at Fackrell Eye Care in Boise, ID
If you're experiencing symptoms of dry eye or want to learn more about dry eye, contact Fackrell Eye Care in Boise at 208-658-1068 to make an optometry appointment, or visit us at 421 N Cole Rd #102, Boise, ID.