When there is a problem with your basal tears, you can develop symptoms of dry eye. Our eye doctors at Holt Eye Clinic in Hot Springs, AR can help you with your dry eye symptoms.
Understanding Dry Eye and Its Symptoms
Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough basal tears or when the basal tears in your eyes evaporate before they have a chance to provide adequate lubrication and hydration. The symptoms of dry eye include feeling like there is grit in your eyes, itching, red eyes and periods of blurry vision or light sensitivity.
Causes of Dry Eye
- Environmental Conditions – Sitting in front of an AC vent or working in windy conditions.
- Aging – As individuals age, their tears ducts may not produce as many basal tears.
- Medications – Many medications, prescription, and OTC, list dry eyes as a side-effect.
- Certain Diseases – Including diabetes, thyroid problems, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
- Blocked Glands – The oil producing glands in your eyes may become blocked, which can decrease the amount of oil in your basal tears.
Treatment with Our Dry Eye Doctor in Hot Springs, AR
Our dry eye doctors in Hot Springs, AR will tailor your treatment plan to the cause of your dry eye symptoms. If our optometrist suspects that your dry eye is being caused by one of your medications, we may recommend that you talk to your family doctor about medication options that do not list dry eye as a side-effect.
Poorly Functioning Tear Glands
The most common cause of tear gland dysfunction is blocked glands. This can usually be remedied with heat treatments, like hot washcloths or Lipiflow. Another reason for gland dysfunction is caused by your tear glands not receiving enough testosterone. In these instances, a hormone cream may help stimulate basal tear production.
Eye Drops and Creams for Lubrication
To help control your symptoms and keep your eyes lubricated and hydrated, our medical professionals may recommend eye drops and/or ointments. Eye drops are used throughout the day to help with your symptoms, while the creams are put into the eyes at night.
Punctal Plugs for Moisture Retention
When other less invasive treatments fail to provide the desired relief, temporary or permanent punctal plugs may be the answer. These plugs are inserted into your tear ducts to keep your basal tears in your eyes.
To schedule an appointment with Holt Eye Clinic in Hot Springs, AR, call us at 501-624-0609 or 501-624-6330. We have two locations in Hot Springs.