At our offices in Fresno (Herndon and Downtown), dry eye is a fairly common condition experienced by women, men and children. Dry eye syndrome occurs when the tears produced fail to adequately lubricate and protect our eyes. Even though the causes of this condition can vary, it’s most associated with age; millions of Americans over 50 have dry eye symptoms.
Dry eye syndrome is a bit more complicated than its name implies. Even though most people who suffer from this intolerable condition feel that their eyes are noticeably dry. Tears produced each time we blink are crucial to eye health. Tears, however, aren’t just saltwater.
Our tears are made up of 3 important layers:
These 3 different glands produce tears and having a problem with any of the layers can create dry eye syndrome. There are actually vast categories of dry eyes, depending on which layer is affected. The lacrimal gland, which produces the watery layer , is usually the culprit of dry eyes.
What does it feel to have dry eye syndrome? There is actually a wide range of symptoms, but they typically include at least one or more of the following:
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that rarely poses a risk to a patient’s sight, but it can be very uncomfortable and cause infections or other secondary conditions. At Eye Medical Center of Fresno, our eye doctors base their treatment recommendations on a thorough eye exam, including the skin surrounding the eyes and your eyes’ movements when you blink. Your doctor may recommend 1 of these treatments or a combination of them:
At Eye Medical Center of Fresno, our experienced ophthalmologists provide personalized treatment for patients with dry eye syndrome. Request an appointment using our online form, or call our office at (559) 486-5000 to schedule an appointment at one of our 2 locations.