Dr. Scott Shettle is qualified and experienced to diagnose and treat all kinds of eye conditions. One of the more common eye conditions we see in our practice is dry eye syndrome.
Over 70 million people have been affected by dry eye syndrome. While women and individuals over the age of fifty are more likely to suffer from this condition, anyone can have dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome can be aggravated by environmental and lifestyle factors, such as smoking, prolonged computer use, dry air, and exposure to chemicals or dust.
You may have an increased likelihood of dry eye syndrome if you…
- Live in a Dry, Arid Environment
- Wear Contact Lenses
- Use a Computer Often
- Are a Post-op Surgical Patient
- Take Medications, Such as Oral Antihistamines, Anti-Depressants, or Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Are Over 50 Years of Age
What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly.
In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.
Dry eye can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, and it can decrease tolerance for dry environments, such as the air inside an airplane.
Treatment for dry eye syndrome
Dr. Scott Shettle may recommend several treatment options that will alleviate the symptoms and prevent chronic discomfort. It is important to understand that dry eye syndrome may make you an unsuitable candidate for contact lenses or Lasik. There are many treatment options available to address the symptoms and work to increase or retain your own natural tears. The most common therapies are artificial tears, lubricant ointments, and punctal occlusion. In some cases, more advanced therapies, such as oral and topical medications and nutritional supplements are used. The right treatment for your dry eyes depends on a number of factors and the symptoms that you experience.