Dry Eye Syndrome in Chesterfield, MO

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What is dry eye syndrome?

Most people will experience dry, red, or irritated eyes at some point in their lives, but when these symptoms linger and occur frequently, you may have a condition called dry eye syndrome. This condition may be caused by a disruption in the production of the eyes' lubricating tears. This results in eye discomfort and blurry vision. Sufficient and effective tear production is essential to the health of your eyes, protecting the eyes from abrasion and infection. If you are experiencing dry eye syndrome, then contact the vision professionals at West County Ophthalmology in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to learn more about the treatment options available to you.

How is dry eye syndrome treated?

The first step we will take in your treatment is to determine if your symptoms are from dry eye syndrome. This is done by performing a comprehensive eye exam. Some infections can mimic the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, so it is important to rule out any other conditions before diagnosing dry eye. Dry eye syndrome has several possible causes, such as certain diseases, blepharitis, entropion, ectropion, using contacts, living in a dry climate, and more. The most effective treatment option depends on the underlying cause. Some factors which put patients at an elevated risk for dry eye syndrome include diabetes, eye surgery, use of contact lenses, and Sjögren's syndrome. Generally, minimally invasive treatment options such as medications or eye drops will be tried before more invasive treatments, like punctal occlusion.

Relief for dry eyes

Dry, irritated eyes are not just an annoying discomfort. Tear production is essential to protecting your delicate eye structures, and dry eyes are more susceptible to infection and damage. When left untreated, dry eye syndrome could be seriously detrimental to your eye health and even result in vision loss. If you have noticed persistent dry eye symptoms that do not respond to over-the-counter eye drops, then please contact West County Ophthalmology to learn more about the treatment options available to you. 

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