Jonathan Cotto, PAC
We will assess your medical history and find the root cause of your dry eye disease. We evaluate your overall eye health, including your tear glands and cornea's health, to provide additional information about the source of your symptoms, treatment and management.
Here at Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA, our team can help patients suffering from dry eye disease. We can alleviate eye pain and restore lubrication to your eyes.
As part of your consultation, we will work with you to find a daily routine beneficial to your eyes.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions in the United States today. Millions of Americans are affected every year. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can range from mild to severe, and patients find symptoms to be very frustrating at times. It is especially prevalent in older people, and two to three times more likely to affect women than men. The quality of your tears plays an enormous role in the health of your eyes. Tears keep the eyes comfortably lubricated, wash out particles and other irritants, and help to maintain good vision. When not enough tears are produced, or they lack the proper composition, dry eye syndrome can occur.
The tear film is made up of three layers:
Oil (lipid) layer: the outer layer of the tear film that seals the tear film to help reduce tear evaporation
Water (aqueous) layer: lubricates the eye, washes away particles and prevents infection
Mucin layer: the innermost layer that helps the water layer to spread evenly over the eye
Why Do People Develop Dry Eyes?
There is a multitude of causes for dry eye disease. People who are required to take certain medicines are prone to developing the disorder. People who take medications like beta-blockers for hypertension and migraines should be keenly aware that their medication can lead to the occurrence of dry eyes. Antihistamines and decongestants are also known to cause dry eyes. People who take antidepressants, drugs for urinary incontinence, COPD, chemotherapy, and radiation can be more prone to developing dry eyes.
Symptoms Associated with Dry Eye
One of the most noticeable symptoms associated with dry eye disease is eye discomfort. People suffering from this condition may experience a burning sensation along with eye redness and an itchy feeling. People who often experience dry eyes have a sensitivity to light and blurry vision. Dry eyes can make it harder to wear contacts and drive at night.
What You Can Do
If you have dry eye syndrome, there are a number of things you can do on your own to improve your condition. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and to flush out impurities—eight to ten glasses a day are recommended. Make a conscious effort to blink your eyes more frequently, especially during prolonged periods of reading or watching TV. Avoid cigarette smoke, overly heated rooms, and wind.
Contact Cape Fear Eye Associates Today
Regular eye exams are essential to maintaining the health of your vision and your body. At Cape Fear Eye Associates, your total well-being is our primary concern. To schedule a Dry Eye Eye Exam, contact our offices in Fayetteville today at 910-484-2284.