Dry Eyes Specialist

Killeen Vision Source

Optometrist located in Killeen, TX

If you have dry eyes, you may encounter increased discomfort when using your computer or reading a book. Dr. Austin Ruiz offers effective solutions to treat dry eyes at your Killeen Vision Source in Killeen, Texas. Treatments are available to reduce your discomfort and eliminate eye irritation to protect your eye health. To learn more about dry eye treatments, call or schedule an appointment online at your Killeen Vision Source today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

Why are tears important?

Tears protect your eyes from irritants and infectious debris. They also clean the surface of your eyes each time you blink. Tears are made up of:

  • Water
  • Mucus
  • Fatty oils
  • Proteins

When your eyes are healthy, your tear glands produce tears, which serve as a natural lubricant for your cornea and also work as a liquid protectant for your eyes against environmental irritants. Each time you blink, the liquid spreads over your eye, providing lubrication. Tears also affect your vision and help you focus light.

When the glands that produce tears fail to work correctly, your eye remains without proper lubrication, and you develop dry eye.

What causes dry eye?

Several factors may raise your risk of developing dry eye, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Environmental factors
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Extensive screen time
  • Surgeries

In many cases, age is a primary factor in developing dry eye and those over the age of 50 are prone to having the condition. Women are also more likely to develop dry eye than men. Hormone changes in pregnancy and menopause can cause dry eye.

If you have rosacea, a skin disorder that causes an inflammation of the eyelids, it can disrupt your ability to produce adequate tears and result in dry eye.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Dry eye creates a number of additional symptoms that affect your eyes, including:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Pain

You may also feel a constant sensation that something is in your eye. Your eyelids may frequently feel heavy, and you may even experience periods of blurred vision.

How is dry eye treated?

If your doctor diagnoses dry eye, he may recommend one or a combination of treatments to restore your vision and increase natural lubrication of the cornea. Dry eye treatments may include:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Environmental changes
  • Surgery

Changes in your current medications may also be necessary to prevent the return of dry eye if your doctor determines they are the root cause of the condition.

Schedule a consultation at your Killeen Vision Source online or by phone to learn more about treatment for chronic dry eye.