What Are Dry Eyes?

The condition of dry eyes can show up in many different ways. If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or blurriness you might not even be aware that dry eyes could be the cause. Other symptoms can include redness, difficulty driving at night, trouble with contacts, difficulty viewing screens, tired eyes, heavy eyelids, or – believe it or not – watery eyes.

Not only are there a multitude of symptoms, there are just as many – if not more – factors that contribute to dry eyes: age, gender, medications, environment, computer use, frequent flying, health conditions, contact lenses, and/or eyelid problems.

 

Why Are Dry Eyes So Hard To Diagnosis?

With all the puzzle pieces needing to fit into place for the right diagnosis it’s no wonder that many patients leave their eye doctor frustrated, and without getting the right treatment. They feel hopeless, like they aren’t being heard or taken seriously. A recent Gallup poll showed that over 26 million Americans suffer from dry eyes and this number is expected to increase as our population ages.

In addition, it is crucial to diagnose and treat dry eyes before any surgical procedure. A dry ocular surface can mask or alter results in critical pre-surgery tests.

 

The Dry Eye Expert

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck is the region dry eye expert because she can and does take the time to listen to every symptom to find the cause of your dry eye issues. She knows it requires a lengthy discussion and that treatment requires small steps and many visits to get right. She loves investing the time and considers it a victory every time dry eye issues are resolved.

Chronically dry eyes can lead to inflammation or worse, and could affect your vision if not treated. If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eyes and not finding relief please schedule an appointment today.