Dry or Itchy Eyes
I'm experiencing symptoms of:
- Frequent Tearing
of Americans have Dry Eye Disease
of people suffer from seasonal allergies
It’s difficult to focus on life when your eyes are irritated, dry, or constantly watering. Not only do irritated eyes feel bad, but they often look bad too! There are a wide range of problems that cause irritated eyes, from Dry Eye Disease (DED) to allergies. Whatever the cause, we have seen it all and can prescribe medicines and treatments that get at the underlying issue rather than simply treating the symptoms. Take a look at some common causes of irritated eyes below and then make an appointment for an exam so we can get you feeling better!
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Cause: Oil glands in our eyelids stop producing meibum, a critical part of healthy tears. This is the leading cause of Dry Eye Disease.
Solution: Treating MGD involves using special devices like Bruder masks or Lipiflow to allow meibum to be expressed into the tear film.
Dry Eye Disease
Cause: Tears are not being produced sufficiently, leaving the cornea dry and damaged.
Solution: There are numerous solutions for dry eye, both with and without the use of eye drops. Determining the underlying cause of dryness helps determine the treatment.
Cause: Allergic Conjunctivitis occurs when the eye encounters an allergen, like pollen, dust, or pet dander.
Solution: There are excellent treatment options for ocular allergies, including prescription and OTC antihistamines and steroids.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Cause: In contact lens wearers, the inside of the upper eyelid has an allergic reaction to deposits on the contact lens surface resulting in irritation and contact lens movement
Solution: Medications like antihistamines and steroids treat symptoms while changing to daily disposable contacts is a long-term solution.
Cause: Infection or inflammation of the front of the eye called the conjunctiva, often from bacterial or viral infections.
Solution: Treatment of the underlying issue using antibiotic and antiviral medications.