Amirikia Eye Center
Optometry & Ophthalmology & Retina Specialist located in Pontiac, MI
Dry eyes is a widespread condition and can become very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, many people believe that there’s little to be done about dry eyes, and just learn to live with their itchy, red, or irritated eyes. At Amirikia Eye Center, Dr. Arezo Amirikia can treat dry eyes in several different ways. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or call her Pontiac, Michigan office today.
Dry Eyes Q & A
What are the symptoms of dry eyes?
Your eyes rely on adequate tear production to function correctly. Tears keep the surface of your eyes clear and smooth. Three layers compose your tears:
- An outermost, oily layer prevents evaporation
- A middle, watery layer cleans your eyes and wash away tiny debris
- An inner, mucus layer helps retain moisture and allows your tears to cling to your eyes
When your body doesn’t produce sufficient tear volume, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Scratchy or stinging sensations
- Pain while wearing contact lenses
- Strings of mucus in or near your eyes
Even the presence of excess tears can suggest dry eyes, as your body struggles to compensate for insufficient tear production.
Virtually everyone experiences dry eyes at one point or another. For some, chronic dry eye is a serious concern.
What causes dry eyes?
Numerous factors cause dry eyes, including:
- Wearing contact lenses for a lengthy period
- Certain medications
- Exposure to environmental irritants
- Eye strain from computer or phone use
- Certain diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease
What are some treatment options for dry eyes?
Treatment depends on the cause of your condition, as well as your overall health. Dr. Amirikia may initially suggest using artificial tears to help lubricate your eyes.
If that approach doesn’t yield positive results, you may be a good candidate for punctal plugs. These tiny plugs are made of silicone or a particular type of gel and are inserted into your tear ducts to prevent your natural tears from draining from your eyes, thus preserving moisture.
In some cases, surgical closure of your tear ducts is the best way to treat dry eyes. That's especially true if other efforts have failed to address the problem adequately.
Another approach is to boost your body’s natural tear production by using special eye drops. Dr. Amirikia may use this treatment in combination with efforts to reduce environmental irritants so you can achieve optimal results.
To find relief from persistent dry eyes, schedule an appointment with Amirikia Eye Center for a comprehensive eye exam.