Ford Eye Center is the dry eye treatment center of choice in the Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, area. Patients can schedule an appointment for screening, diagnosis, treatment, or long-term maintenance of dry eye disease with qualified and compassionate practitioners at Ford Eye Center.
Dry eye is a broad term that encompasses a variety of eye conditions featuring problems with the tear film and characterized by pain and discomfort.
There are 2 kinds of dry eye:
Dry eye can be caused by over a dozen different contributors, including vitamin deficiency, hormone replacement, allergies, LASIK surgery, pregnancy, and certain medications.
Patients with dry eye may experience any combination of the following symptoms:
Although it may be hard to believe that watery eyes can be associated with dry eye disease, overproduction of tears can wash away the oily substance that lubricates the eye.
The most common diagnostic test for dry eye is called the Schirmer test. During this test, strips of specialty paper are placed under the lower lids for 5 minutes. Tear production is measured by the amount of the paper moistened at the completion of the test.
The most effective treatment for dry eye depends on the cause. Dry eye caused by contact use may be treated by switching to eyeglasses, for example. In other cases, medications, eye drops, or punctal plugs (plugs that prevent tears from draining off of the eye) are recommended.
Yes, dry eye can cause damage to the cornea if untreated due to friction and irritation. Patients who suspect they may have dry eye should schedule an appointment at Ford Eye Center as soon as possible to avoid injury.