Dry Eyes Q & A
Aside from burning and itching, will I experience other symptoms of dry eyes?
Likely, yes. While you might typically feel like you have sand or something in your eye, you could also have lots of other issues with dry eyes. Common symptoms include:
- Excessive tearing, followed by inability to produce tears
- Swelling, redness, or eye pain
- Inability to produce tears when crying
- Eyelids that feel heavy
- Dry contact lenses
- Blurry vision
- Goopy eye discharge
- Eye sensitivity when reading, watching TV, or working on the computer
What causes dry eyes?
Often times, dry eyes stem from something in your environment. But in some cases, dry eyes are caused by a medical issue. Issues that cause dry eyes include:
- Wind exposure
- Air conditioning
- Direct sunlight
- Smoking or second-hand smoke
- Certain medications
- Previous eye injury or surgery
- Sleeping with eyes slightly open
- Vitamin and mineral imbalances
Can I just use eye drops?
Yes, but get checked out first. You can get many types of lubricating drops for dry eye, right at your local market or pharmacy. While these options are safe for most people, it’s still important to get a thorough eye exam before treating yourself. Sometimes dry eye can be caused by damage to your tear ducts. For instance, certain autoimmune disorders permanently destroy your tear-producing glands, minimizing your ability to produce tears to properly lubricate your eye.
Dry eye can also be caused by a disease that impacts the components of tears, or from thyroid disease, which sometimes causes your eye to stick out further than normal. Because dry eyes can be caused by an underlying medical condition, make an appointment with Dr. Griessel to discuss your concerns. She can determine if your dry eyes can be cured with eye drops, or if you need additional medical treatment.
Is there anything else I can do to prevent dry eyes?
Yes. When you’re outdoors, wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim to protect your eyes. At home or work, avoid sitting or sleeping near vents or fans or where air blows directly on you. This helps minimize the evaporation of tears from the surface of your eyes. Also make sure you change your filters regularly, to minimize any dust that blows throughout your home and gets stuck in your eye.
Triad Ophthalmic Physicians, PLLC
150 Kimel Park Drive, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed