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Dry Eye Syndrome in Lake Worth, FL

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About Dry Eye Syndrome

Nearly everyone will have dry, itchy eyes at times, but if it lingers for more than a few days or occurs repeatedly, you might have a condition known as dry eye syndrome. This common eye condition happens because of the underproduction of tears or lubrication within your tears. You may suffer from dry eye syndrome due to certain medical conditions, prescription drugs, or lifestyle factors. Tears are essential for the overall health of your eyes. So if you experience a tear production problem, it can cause severe inflammation of the eyes or problems with vision. Dry eye syndrome is nearly always caused by an underlying illness, and once we have diagnosed and treated the reason, your dry eye symptoms may be significantly reduced.

At Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL, our eye doctors offer several solutions for patients dealing with dry eye syndrome. During your consultation, we perform a full eye exam to properly diagnose your dry eye and provide the proper treatment. To learn more about procedures for dry eye syndrome, please contact Palm Beach Eye Center to schedule your consultation.

What to Expect with Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms and Treatment

Individuals who suffer from dry eye syndrome commonly experience uncomfortable symptoms, like:

  • Decreased vision
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Burning
  • Achiness
  • Heavy feeling
  • Foreign body sensation when wearing contact lenses
  • Light sensitivity
  • Trouble driving at night

The major causes of dry eye syndrome are insufficient tear production or poor-quality tears. Dry eye syndrome may occur whenever the lacrimal glands, meibomian glands, or goblet cells become unbalanced because of hormonal changes, computer use, medical conditions like diabetes, and specific prescription medications. During your appointment, one of our Lake Worth, FL ophthalmologist team members will perform a comprehensive eye exam to review the structures of your eye, discuss your medical history, and develop a treatment plan. Your treatment strategy may include specialized eye drops, or for more severe dry eye syndrome cases, we perform punctal occlusion or LipiFlow®. With punctal occlusion, we place special plugs in your tear ducts, which preserve the real tears in your eyes. If we find that you have obstructed meibomian glands, LipiFlow reduces pressure and unclogs this part of your eye(s).

Dry Eye Syndrome FAQ

Can certain foods help with dry eye syndrome?
Yes! We recommend incorporating fish, leafy greens, chia seeds, flaxseed, beans, and more water. A mix of these items could help reduce the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Is dry eye syndrome permanent?
Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for this condition. However, we offer several helpful treatments that can significantly decrease symptoms and protect your ocular health. These treatments include special eye drops, punctal occlusion, or LipiFlow® to unclog meibomian glands.

Can dry eyes damage your eyes?
Without the proper amount of tears, you may have an increased risk for eye infections, which could damage the surface of your eyes. When left untreated, severe dry eyes could cause inflammation, abrasion, corneal ulcers, and vision loss.

Relieve Your Dry Eye Today

Living with dry eye syndrome is not only painful, but it can also lead to vision impairment if left untreated. If you suffer from dry eye symptoms or have tried multiple over-the-counter solutions but found no relief, a dry eye exam with our professional eye care group could provide relief. We encourage patients in our Delray Beach, FL and Lake Worth, FL communities to schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists at Palm Beach Eye Center. Our South Florida eye care professionals can diagnose and treat different kinds of dry eye syndrome.

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