Dry Eye Treatment Specialist

Paragon Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmologist

Paragon Eye Associates

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Arlington, TX & Mansfield, TX

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 Treatment Q & A

What’s dry eye?

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.

What are the known causes of dry eye?

There are 2 kinds of dry eye:

  • Evaporative dry eye is caused by tear film that evaporates too quickly, leaving the surface of the eye dry and susceptible to injury and irritation
  • Aqueous tear-deficient dry eye is caused by insufficient tear production (or production of imbalanced tears that don’t appropriately lubricate the eye)

Dry eye can be caused by over a dozen different contributors, including vitamin deficiency, hormone replacement, allergies, LASIK surgery, pregnancy, and certain medications.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Patients with dry eye may experience any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Redness and pain
  • Difficulty crying
  • Watery eyes
  • The feeling as if there's sand in the eye
  • Burning, stinging
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Heavy feeling in the eyelids
  • Difficulty reading or looking at a computer screen

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.

How’s dry eye diagnosed?

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.

How’s dry eye treated?

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.

Are there any risks in not seeking treatment for dry eye?

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.