One of the most common reasons that patients come in to see our Windsor eye doctor at Dr. Shipley & Associates this time of year is for treatment of dry eye symptoms. Dry eye syndrome occurs when there are not enough tears being produced in order to keep the eyes lubricated and comfortable, or if there are sufficient tears, but they are not of sufficient quality. Tears are more important than you may think. They are necessary when it comes to keeping the front surface of the eye healthy, and to keep your vision crisp and clear.
Dry eye is a very common problem, and so our Windsor eye doctor has plenty of experience helping patients with it. When treating dry eye syndrome, it is important to first pinpoint the reason why it is occurring. One potential cause is if you have an inadequate amount of tears. This can happen a result of environmental factors, as part of the aging process, as a result of another medical condition, as a side effect from medications you are taking, or several other reasons. The other main cause of dry eye syndrome is having poor quality tears. Tears are made up of three main layers: the outer oily layer, the middle watery layer, and the inner mucus layer. If there are deficiencies in any of these layers, you are likely to experience dry eye symptoms. After our Windsor eye doctor works to find the root cause of your symptoms, we will offer treatment options suited to your needs.
For many cases of dry eye syndrome, our Windsor eye doctor recommends the use of artificial tears in the form of eye drops. You can also increase your natural tear production by using special eye drops that encourage the production of tears. Another treatment option is to conserve the tears that you naturally produce by blocking off the tear ducts. When it comes to managing dry eyes yourself, it is important to stay hydrated, to blink often, to increase the humidity of the air around you, to wear sunglasses outdoors, and possibly to use dietary supplements as recommended by a doctor. To learn more about your eye health and the related services our Windsor eye doctor has to offer, be sure to visit the main Dr. Shipley & Associates website.