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Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Treatment from Our Optometrist in Fairfax, VA and Rockville, MD

Our optometrist in Fairfax offers dry eye treatment for individuals whose eye do not produce enough tears or who have tears that are of poor quality and evaporate before they have time to properly hydrate and lubricate your eyes.

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Symptoms of Dry Eye in Rockville, MD

Having dry eyes in Fairfax is more than just an uncomfortable experience. The lack of tears can result in damage to your eye, including scratches and eye infections. This is because the basal tears in your eyes wash away debris and dust while providing the eye with lubrication and discouraging bacterial infiltration.

Common symptoms of dry eye include itchy, watery eyes or gritty sensations, especially when you blink. Individuals with dry eye may experience periodic blurry vision, difficulty reading or working at a computer and excessively watery eyes. You may also notice a decrease in contact lens tolerance if you wear contacts.

Dry Eye Risk Factors

There are certain things that can contribute to the development of dry eye. If you are 50 years of age or older or female, your risk factor is higher than younger individuals and men. Certain medications, like decongestants, antihistamines, certain mental health medications and blood pressure medications may come with a warning for dry eyes. Individuals with certain chronic illnesses, including Sjögren’s syndrome and lupus, may also be prone to developing dry eye.

Your environment can also play a factor in the development of dry eye symptoms. Individuals that work outside in windy conditions or excessively dry conditions and/or who sit in front of air conditioning and heating vents all day may develop symptoms of dry eye.

Treatment for Dry Eye from Our Fairfax Optometrist

Our Fairfax optometrist will examine your eyes and recommend treatment, according to the severity of your symptoms and the causes of your dry eye. If you are on medications that may be contributing to your dry eye, our eye doctor Fairfax may recommend talking with your family doctor about those medications and their side-effects.

OCuSOFT Dry Eye Treatments

Common non-invasive treatments for dry eye often include creams, drops and vitamin supplements. Our optometrist in Fairfax typically recommends OcuSOFT dry eye products, which include eyelid cleansers, preservative-free emulsions, eye drops, artificial tears, ointments and supplements that are formulated to help control dry eye. OCuSOFT also offers moist heat therapy goggles, moisture release eyewear, and silicone shield kits.

Contact Our Eye Doctor in Rockville, MD or  Fairfax, VA for More Information Today!

To learn more about our dry eye treatments and schedule an appointment with our eye doctor Fairfax, contact us at 703-691-8008. For Our Rockville, MD location contacts us at 301-871-0180.