Dry Eyes

Revision Optix

Optometrists and Vision Therapy Centers located in Simpsonville, SC & Greenville, SC

Don’t just deal with uncomfortable dry eyes when there are effective treatments that can help. Gifted optometrists Tiffany Brawner, OD, and Sean M. Stevens, OD, offer solutions for dry eyes and can relieve your discomfort at ReVision Optix in Greenville and Simpsonville, South Carolina. The specialists work with you to enhance your vision, alleviate your dry eyes, and help you to better navigate your day-to-day tasks. Click online or call for your appointment.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Around 86% of people with dry eyes also have blepharitis — an inflammation of the eyelids that affects tear production.

If contact lenses are worn for too long, improperly, or in a place with lots of smoke in the air, they can cause dry eyes. Other causes of dry eyes are:

  • Infections
  • Strain from overuse (long hours staring at a bright computer screen)
  • Lack of sleep
  • Allergic reaction to irritants on your skin or in the air

Dry eye syndrome is a breakdown in the quantity or quality of tears that protect, moisten, and cleanse your eyes. When you blink, your tears protect the surface of your eye and wash away microorganisms and dust. When this protective coating dries up, your eyes can feel gritty and become more sensitive to light. In more extreme cases, vision can become blurred.

Dry eyes happen when you don’t have sufficient tears. Your tears are a mixture of fatty oils, water, and mucus. The mixture protects your eyes from infection and smooths and clears the surface of your eyes.

For some people, dry eyes can be the result of decreased tear production. For others, it can be due to increased tear evaporation and imbalanced components of the tear mixture.

What causes eye allergies?

Many things can cause irritation and eye allergies, including:

  • Smoke
  • Plant spores
  • Molds
  • Certain chemical cleaning products
  • Eye-care and skin products and makeup
  • Hairsprays and some other cosmetic products

Seasonal allergies can also cause dry eyes.

What are the treatments available for dry eyes?

ReVision Optix provides a range of effective treatments for eye allergies and dry eyes, including oral antihistamines, BlephEx™ for blepharitis, and allergy medications like eye lubricants and rinses that can flush out allergens and help soothe irritated eyes.

Your optometrist might suggest decongestant eye-drops that constrict blood vessels to decrease redness, and special nutritional supplements containing beneficial essential fatty acids to reduce your symptoms. Drinking more water and wearing sunglasses outside can also help.

If medications are causing your dry eyes, with the guidance of your physician you might want to gradually reduce or discontinue your medications or switch to something else.

Consistently dry and red eyes can indicate excessive inflammation of the eyes (uveitis) — a key sign of certain diseases, such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis.

Punctal plugs might be recommended for more significant cases of dry eye. Punctal plugs are tiny devices inserted in ducts in your lids to slow the drainage of tears away from your eyes to help keep your eyes moist.

Visit ReVision Optix to relieve your uncomfortable eye symptoms. Call or click to schedule online today.