Dry Eyes in Winter Months

Are your eyes dry, burning, or itchy? They could be to dry. In the winter, whether from cold temperatures and windy weather or from taking one more course of antibiotics because of a sinus infection or bronchitis, you might have dry eyes. While many people suffer from environmentally-induced dry eyes, dry eye disease is a serious disorder that will not go away without treatment.

How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eyes?

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, it is a good come into our Pontiac offices to be screened for dry eyes. Signs you might be suffering from dry eyes include burning, itchy eyes, redness, stinging, “goopy” eyes, feeling like something is in your eye, or compromised vision, especially at night. You do not have to experience all of these symptoms, but if you are experiencing two or more symptoms, or if the symptoms are not going away, you should make an appointment. Failure to treat dry eyes can result in an increase in discomfort, compromised vision, and even eye infections, since the lubrication in your eye provides a protective layer.

How Are Dry Eyes Treated?

Dry eyes can be treated in a number of ways. If you are suffering from temporary dry eye discomfort due to reactions to prescriptions or cold weather exposure, a prescription lubricating drop may help. In many cases, lifestyle changes are necessary to help resolve chronic dry eyes, such as taking longer breaks from screen time. However, if you are diagnosed with dry eye disease, more aggressive treatment may be required, since it will not resolve on its own with a change of seasons or less computer time. If you have dry eye disease or your dry eye is not responding to other treatments or prescriptions, LipiFlow is a quick 12-minute procedure in our offices. It provides some immediate improvement and most patients see the full effects of the dry eye treatment within two weeks.

Dry eyes can be treated successfully. We invite you to explore the Lipiflow dry eye treatment during a comprehensive consultation and examination at our office in Pontiac, MI or Clarkston, MI. Contact us at (248) 334-4931 or fill out a Contact Form.

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