Up to 16 million Americans suffer from chronic dry eyes. Without treatment, dry eyes can affect your performance at work and quality of life. At Central Florida Ophthalmology (CFO) in Oviedo, Florida, ophthalmologist and cataract and corneal surgeon Dr. Jeffrey R. Golen, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating dry eyes. During an eye exam, he can identify dry eye disease and make personalized treatment recommendations. Call Central Florida Ophthalmology today to request treatment for dry eyes, or make your appointment online.
Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t produce adequate lubrication. Poor tear production happens for various reasons, including hormone changes, inflamed eyelid glands, and allergies. Dry eye disease is often due to dysfunction of the Meibomian glands in the eye lids, resulting in problems with the oil production of the tear film.
Almost everyone experiences dry eye occasionally, but if your symptoms make you uncomfortable, affect your vision, or last for more than a few days, it’s vital to identify the underlying cause.
Dry eye symptoms include:
Sometimes, dry eyes make it feel like there’s something stuck in your eye.
Several factors increase your risk of dry eyes, including:
Your diet may increase your risk of dry eyes. Eating foods with vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, such as broccoli, carrots, and fish, may be beneficial.
Dr. Golen reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and completes a comprehensive eye exam, assessing the tear film as well as the ocular surface.
Treatment of dry eyes depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. As a cornea specialist, Dr. Golen has treated thousands of cases of dry eyes throughout his career.
Dr. Golen may recommend:
There’s no way to prevent dry eyes entirely, but you can reduce symptoms by taking specific steps. Dr. Golen recommends eating a healthy diet including plenty of healthy fats, taking frequent breaks if you work at a computer, and being aware of your environment. For example, utilize more lubricating eye drops if you are sitting near a fan or air conditioning duct.
Call the practice of Dr. Jeffrey Golen today to explore the treatments for dry eyes, or make your appointment online.