It’s estimated that nearly 7% of adults have dry eyes, an irritating condition that leads to itchy eyes and, when untreated, can affect your vision. The doctors at UltraVision are the specialists you need to identify the exact cause of your dry eyes and develop a treatment that’s tailored to your eye care. Untreated dry eyes increase your risk of infections, so don’t wait to call one of the offices in San Antonio or Eagle Pass, Texas, or use online booking to schedule an appointment.
Each time you blink, the movement spreads a film of tears that lubricates and nourishes your eye. You develop dry eyes when you don’t have enough tears, or when their quality is poor.
Tears consist of an oily layer that prevents tears from evaporating, a watery layer that lubricates, and a mucus layer that spreads the tear film. Your tears must contain the right amount of all three to prevent dry eyes.
Dry eyes can arise from a number of causes, including:
Blocked Meibomian glands and problems with the lacrimal glands are the top causes of dry eyes. Inflammatory eye conditions such as uveitis and blepharitis can also be responsible.
Health conditions like allergies, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus may cause dry eyes.
A long list of medications can lead to dry eyes, including antihistamines, blood pressure medications, decongestants, and Parkinson’s medications.
Most people don’t blink as often when they watch TV or spend time at the computer, which leads to dry eyes.
You can develop dry eyes from a dry, dusty, or windy climate, dry air from air conditioning, or warm air from heating.
When you have dry eyes, you’ll experience symptoms such as:
Dry eyes can also produce a symptom you may not expect: excessive tearing. You can have dry eyes yet temporarily develop watery eyes when irritation triggers the release of tears.
The doctors at UltraVision create a customized treatment plan for each patient, based on the underlying cause of their dry eyes and the severity of their condition. Your plan may include one or more of the following:
You don’t need to suffer from the many symptoms of dry eyes. Call UltraVision or book an appointment online for expert eye care.