Ophthalmic Partners provides a range of dry eye treatments for patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities.
WHAT IS DRY EYE?
Dry eye is a very common condition that can affect the cornea. It is estimated that at least 20% of the population suffers from dry eye. The condition can worsen with age since fewer tears are produced.
WHAT CAUSES DRY EYE?
The causes of dry eye can include multiple factors, including environmental or chemical irritants, genetics, age, gender, hormonal changes, and the effects of systemic medications. Dry eye can also be associated with conditions such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR DRY EYE?
Dry eye may be a part of aging, especially for women who are experiencing menopause. Certain medications and medical conditions cause dry eye. Abnormalities of the eyelids may cause the eyes to not close properly. When the eyelids do not close properly, the eyes are more likely to become dry. Other risk factors include excessive exposure to dry air and contaminants in the air.
HOW CAN DRY EYE BE PREVENTED?
In some cases, such as menopause or eye abnormalities, dry eye cannot be prevented. For other people, though, one of the best ways to prevent dry eye is to protect the eyes at all times. Many people do not blink as frequently when they are working on a computer. Frequent breaks and self-monitoring helps in these situations. Some patients use humidifiers help in their homes, which may help prevent dry eye.
HOW IS DRY EYE DIAGNOSED?
Keeping your eyes healthy means that you should be aware of the most common symptoms for eye conditions. The symptoms of dry eye include red eyes, irritated eyes, fluctuations in vision, reduced visual acuity, and foreign body sensation. In most cases, the main symptom is discomfort, but in severe cases the cornea may become infected or damaged.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office to schedule an appointment. Your eye doctor conducts a thorough eye exam to determine if you have dry eye.
HOW IS DRY EYE TREATED?
A variety of treatment options are available for dry eye in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but individual treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms and what is seen during an ophthalmic exam. Treatments can include hot compresses, ointments to lubricate, medications, and artificial tears. Complications can be prevented by maintaining good eye lubrication.
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Early detection of eye disease is the best defense against vision loss, particularly for individuals over the age of 40. Should you experience any vision problems that could be an indicator of an eye disorder, contact one of our offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Media, PA, or Marlton, NJ, as soon as possible to book an assessment.
The eye doctors and surgeons at Ophthalmic Partners have the necessary expertise and experience to diagnose, manage, and treat complex eye disorders and diseases. Visit us today to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.