Dry eye is a common condition that can have complex negative outcomes. Sufferers may be unable to enjoy normal daily activities without discomfort. Dr. Hieu Huynh has helped men and women from in and around Richardson, Texas find relief from dry eyes and learn to manage the condition. If you find yourself routinely distracted from normal daily life because of a lack of moisture in your eyes, scheduling an appointment online is simple and easy, and allows you to discuss your concerns with Dr. Huynh during your next vision care appointment.
Dry eyes occur when your body is either unable to produce tears, produces low-quality tears, or you have excessive tear evaporation. Tears are more than just water; they also contain a layer of oil and mucus.
The combination of those ingredients protects and lubricates the front portion of your eye. Several problems can cause your body to stop making tears in sufficient quantity or quality.
Age is a factor, as your body naturally produces fewer tears as you age. Gender also plays a role; women are more likely to develop dry eyes than men. Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders can lead to dry eyes, as can certain medications.
Environmental conditions can also have a negative impact on tear production, including exposure to windy and arid climates or excessive smoke. Even long periods of time spent in front of a computer screen can lead to dry eyes.
The first step in addressing dry eyes involves changing your environment. Dr. Huynh recommends taking steps to boost the humidity of the indoor spaces where you spend the most time, including at home and at work.
Nutritional supplements can also help, especially those that contain essential fatty acids. If your work involves long spans of time focusing on a computer screen or other close-up objects, taking regular breaks and remembering to blink frequently can help.
Finally, drinking plenty of water is essential for all of your body’s functions, including your vision.
When self-care techniques and over-the-counter drops are not effective in relieving discomfort and irritation from dry eyes, it may be time to schedule an appointment with Dr.Huynh to explore more advanced treatment options.
He may recommend a procedure known as “temporary punctal occlusion,” which involves placing a temporary plug in the duct that allows tears to drain from your eyes. The plug dissolves over time, and if they provide relief, then permanent plugs might be a good treatment option.
There are also several prescription medications that can help improve dry eyes, but it is important to ensure that these medicines do not interact with your other prescriptions. Fortunately, Dr. Huynh offers multiple options to help address dry eyes and to get you back to your normal routines without itching and irritation.