Dry Eye FAQs

If you suffer from dry eye, you may have questions about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this condition. These FAQs from Lewis County Eye & Vision in Chehalis, WA can provide the answers you need to obtain dry eye relief.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye occurs when your eyes stop producing quality tears to keep them lubricated and moist. Tears are essential to eye health and function. They lubricate your eyes and cleanse them of dirt and debris that can cause infections. Lack of moisture causes your eyes to become irritated and dry and puts you at risk of eye infections and disease.

What causes dry eye?

Numerous factors contribute to developing dry eye to include age, air pollution, wind, sun, certain medical conditions, certain types of medications, eye surgeries, and excessive use of digital devices such as computers.

Is dry eye a common condition?

Dry eye is particularly common among older adults. As you age, tear production slows down, which can easily lead to dry eye.

What are some symptoms of this condition?

Dry eye causes your eyes to feel dry and irritated. Your eyes may also burn, ache, itch, and become sensitive around light. Other symptoms include redness, blurred vision, and watery eyes.

How can dry eye cause watery eyes? 

Dry eye may cause your tear ducts to work overtime producing tears to lubricate your eyes. This causes watery eyes. These tears are generally of poor quality and evaporate quickly, making them of little use in alleviating your symptoms.

How is dry eye diagnosed and treated?

Our optometrist will measure your tear production to determine if you have this condition. We’ll then recommend options for treatment. Mild cases of dry eye can be treated with artificial tears. For more severe cases, we may recommend prescription eye drops, punctal plugs, or LipiFlow as treatment, depending on the cause and severity of your condition.

See Our Chehalis, WA Optometrist for Dry Eye Treatment 

To schedule an appointment for dry eye diagnosis and treatment, contact Lewis County Eye & Vision in Chehalis, WA at 360-748-9228.


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