Relief for Dry, Itchy Eyes

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Suffering from chronic dry eye problems is not only uncomfortable, but these symptoms can have a negative impact on daily activities. Do you find that your dry, itchy eyes make it hard to work at the computer, read a book, or wear contact lenses? Then it’s time to talk to an experienced eye care provider for personalized recommendations.

You don’t need to live with the burden and discomfort of dry eyes. As you learn more about this condition, it is easy to identify treatment solutions that will help you find relief.

What is Drying Out Your Eyes?

The first step is to work with your eye doctor so you can find the reason why your eyes are drying out. Identifying the foundational issues makes it possible to find a treatment plan that will work for your needs. Common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Allergies: Often due to dust, animals, pollen, or mold
  • Medications: Which can sometimes have a side effect of drying out the eyes
  • Hormones: Sometimes women find that their eyes dry out in menopause
  • Diseases: Certain diseases can cause dry eyes, such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Environment: Seemingly simple factors such as air from a heater or air conditioner could result in these symptoms

Tear Health

While there are often identifiable factors that are impacting your dry eyes, sometimes there is an imbalance in the composition of your tears. Healthy tears are composed of water that adds the necessary moisture, as well as oils to prevent evaporation and mucous to help with the spread of the tears.

If the small glands in the eyelids are not functioning correctly, then you might run into an issue where the tears evaporate too quickly. Another common problem is that the glands can become clogged, which impacts the balance of tears.

Talk to an Eyecare Expert

Over-the-counter eye drops might provide temporary relief, but an optometrist can help you get to the bottom of your dry eye problem. If you are ready to find relief, then it is time to schedule an appointment with our team. Call to schedule an appointment: reach our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or the Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.