The eye maintains itself with water, oils, mucus, and antibodies. The design is amazing in that it allows the eye to be fully exposed to air and the outside, but it includes all the components to keep the eye clean, moisturized, and lubricated. When the tear film is disrupted, dry eye occurs. At Livermore Optometry Group in Livermore, CA, we have been treating dry eye for many years.
Dry Eyes and Related Symptoms
The most common situation is dry eye syndrome that comes with age. As the body ages, systems start to break down, and the network of fluids and functions that keep the eye fluid and smooth start to have problems. Symptoms of dry eye include a feeling of grit in the eye, itchiness, red eyes, vision disruption, and overly-watery eyes. All of the symptoms generally tend to be because the eye is producing too few tears or tears of low quality.
Causes of Dry Eye
As noted earlier, age is one cause and a primary reason why people suffer some kind of vision loss by the time they reach senior years. Drugs and allergies can also trigger eye moisture problems as well. In rarer cases, disease or functional problems make it hard for the eye to retain moisture. Our optometrist will assess your condition to determine the root cause of your dry eyes and recommend treatment accordingly.
The most common and easiest treatment after an eye exam involves the regular use of eye drops. Where a patient suffers from chronic dry eye, our eye doctor may instead prescribe an eye ointment for application at night or the use of specialty contact lenses to seal moisture within the eye. Recommended treatment options will depend on the root cause and severity of the condition.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Optometrist in Livermore, CA
At Livermore Optometry Group, we have been providing residents of Livermore, CA with reliable eye care services for many years. Many of our patients visit us for the first time looking for dry eye relief. Following a thorough eye exam, our optometrist will determine the treatment option that will work best for you. Call us today at (925) 447-3883 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.