If you have eyes that are irritated and dry, it could be due to dry eye. It's a very common condition today with a number of causes. For those who suffer from dry eye, it may get worse in overly air-conditioned rooms or only affect you in the winter because of the dry air during that time of year. If you think you have dry eye syndrome, it's time to get an eye exam and relief. At Fletcher Family Eyecare in Jonesboro, Dr. Fletcher provides quality eye care for a variety of eye health concerns, including dry eye.
What Are Some Symptoms of Dry Eye?
If you have dry eye, you most likely have eyes that are irritated and feeling dry. Many people also find that they get strings of mucus from their eyes that may get caught in their eyelashes. Your eyes might get watery or turn red and they may feel gritty. Many people with dry eye find that their eyes burn, itch, or sting. You may think there's something in your eye but can't find anything there. Your eyes may feel tired or you may have eye strain. You might also have blurry vision.
What Are the Causes of Dry Eye?
There are many causes of dry eye and you may not be able to determine the exact cause or it may have multiple causes. As people get older, they are more likely to have this condition. Winter's dry air and being in a lot of wind, as with running and other fast activities, can also cause it. If you spend time in a room where there is a lot of air conditioning or a fan blowing, this may be another cause.
Several health conditions can cause it as well. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you have an elevated risk of dry eye. If you take medications for allergies or depression, these can lead to dry eye. If you are pregnant or going through menopause, the shift in hormones can also cause it. You can also get it by spending a lot of time staring at a computer screen.
What Are Dry Eye Treatments?
Our optometrist may prescribe medicated eye drops to use to relieve the condition. You can also find over-the-counter drops that can help a little. If you go outside, wear sunglasses to keep the wind out of your eyes, and move any fans or angle vents so that air flow doesn't reach your eyes.
See Our Eye Doctor in Jonesboro, AR
If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry eye and live in or around Jonesboro, Dr. Fletcher at Fletcher Family Eyecare is here to help. Call our team today at (870) 930-9200 to learn more about dry eye or to schedule an appointment.