What causes dry eye?

Young asian woman rubbing eyes.If you deal with eyes that are dry, you are not alone! According to Healthline, approximately 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 experience this condition on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are solutions. The professionals at Wilkinson Eye Center in Clarkston and Pontiac, MI, can offer an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options for dry eye patients. Let’s learn more about dry eye and what can be done to keep the eyes moist and comfortable!

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a specific condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears produced are of poor quality. This can lead to discomfort, pain, and even vision problems.

What causes dry eye?

There are many possible causes of dry eye. This includes:

  • Medication
  • Environmental factors
  • Health conditions
  • Side effects of LASIK surgery
  • Certain types of cosmetic products

How is dry eye diagnosed?

The team at Wilkinson Eye Center provides a thorough evaluation of the eyes to determine the cause of the condition, as well as the severity. A provider will talk to you about your situation and how often you experience dry eye to the point where you are uncomfortable. If the problem is happening daily, it is vital that our team provides a solution that gives relief and helps to combat the dryness in the eyes that can become irritating and itchy.

How is dry eye treated?

Treatment for dry eye typically involves using artificial tears or other lubricating products to relieve symptoms. In some situations, additional treatment may be necessary to address the underlying cause of the condition. Our physicians may recommend medications, special eye drops, or even surgery. This is often reserved for severe cases where more conservative measures fail to provide patients with relief.

Schedule an evaluation and diagnosis with our physicians today!

If you are dealing with dry eyes, the team at Wilkinson Eye Center can help. We offer comprehensive dry eye evaluations and treatment plans customized to each patient’s individual needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling 248-334-4931. We are open to new patients and welcome our current clientele for examinations.

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