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When you experience discomfort or pain in your eyes, you want to take measures to address the situation. Your Meridian optometrist offers the appropriate eye care to help improve your visual health. At our clinic, a Meridian optometrist provides solutions to help with the symptoms of dry eyes.
Dry eye refers to a condition in your eyes impacting the tears your eyes produce. Generally, it means you do not produce enough tears or the quality of your tears are not appropriate for the nourishment and health of your eyes.
The problem stems from a variety of situations, such as taking medications for medical health concerns or wearing contact lenses for long periods. It may also relate to problems with your eyes, such as other eye conditions or simply a problem with your tears. Regardless of the specific cause, it results in discomfort and requires the right tools to address your goals.
The signs and symptoms of dry eyes depend on your situation. Generally, it causes obvious signs and discomforts in your eyes that you notice as a mild irritation; however, it may result in more complex and uncomfortable symptoms in certain situations.
The common symptoms of the condition seen by our Meridian optometrist include:
Burning or itching
Feeling you have something in your eyes, even when you do not
Sensitivity to light
Discomfort while wearing contacts or an inability to wear contact lenses
Difficulty driving at night
Watery eyes or excessive moisture in your eyes
Mucus in and around your eyes
The additional water or the mucus in your eyes is an attempt for your body to correct the problem, but it does not always have a positive impact. When you notice the signs of dry eyes and it persists, you may need to seek help from an eye doctor to address the underlying problems contributing to your symptoms.
Dry eye treatment from a Meridian optometrist in our clinic depends on the cause of the symptoms. We may recommend changes to your normal behaviors, such as changing the type of contact lenses you wear or wearing your contact lenses less often and opting for prescription glasses. We may also ask about prescriptions you take for medical reasons to ensure a treatment plan will address the cause of your dry eyes.
In some cases, a treatment plan focuses on using appropriate medications, like Xiidra. The medicated eye drops, or Xiidra, address the complication with your tears and helps nourish your eyes. It also increases the amount of moisture in your eyes, which helps with the discomfort and burning sensation.
Eye care is a process that evaluates your specific needs and focuses on your goals. When you need dry eye treatment, a professional eye doctor provides solutions based on the symptoms and your situation. To learn more about treating eye conditions or to set up an appointment, contact Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian Today.