What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a common condition that affects many adults. This often-chronic condition is typically a result of an imbalance in the tear film, which contains 3 main ingredients that work to keep your eye hydrated and comfortable.
If any of the 3 ingredients are out of sync, you can experience the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye.
At The Eye Guys Alaska, we offer several solutions to restore comfort to your vision. Schedule an appointment at our Wasilla location or see when we’re visiting your community next.Book Appointment
Symptoms of Dry Eye
You may have dry eye if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Red eyes
- Stinging or burning eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- A scratchy/gritty feeling in the eye
- Stringy eye mucus
These symptoms can point to other conditions or allergies, so it’s best to talk to your eye doctor if you experience them.Book Appointment
How Does Dry Eye Develop?
A disruption to your tear film and a dry eye diagnosis can be caused by several factors, including aging, medications, clogged oil glands, bacteria, and the environment.
Some medications may reduce the number of tears you can produce and lead to dry eye, including:
- Blood pressure regulators
- Sleeping pills
- Anti-anxiety prescriptions
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can cause dry eye. The meibomian glands in the eye make the oily outside layer of the tear film. This outer layer of the tear film assists with moisture and tear maintenance.
Blepharitis is a condition where the eyelids can become red, irritated, itchy, and develop flaky scales on top of the eyelashes. Blepharitis is caused by excess bacteria or skin conditions. Dry eye is a common symptom of blepharitis.
What Should You Do If You Have Dry Eye?
Dry eye doesn’t have to get in the way of your day-to-day life. Our team offers dry eye solutions to help restore comfort to your eyes and we can refer you to a doctor for chronic dry eye treatment.
If you experience symptoms or causes of dry eye there are some simple solutions that may help. You can try over-the-counter artificial tear solutions or try taking an Omega-3 supplement to increase fatty acids.
Where to Find Us
Our main practice can be found in Wasilla, but we perform eye care services all across Alaska. Check out our map to see where you can find us next.