Get Relief From Your Dry Eyes With Eye Rx
We rely on our tears to keep our eyes comfortable and lubricated. Our tears are also responsible for keeping irritants and other foreign objects away from our eyes, thereby reducing our chances of developing an infection.
If you suffer from dry eye, Eye Rx is here to help. As an accredited TearLab Dry Eye Center, we are fully certified as a tear testing laboratory, meaning we can quickly and easily perform tests to measure the quality and quantity of your tears.
Dry Eye Causes
Dry eye has two main root causes: poor tear quality and inadequate tear volume. Our eyes rely on a healthy, balanced tear film to stay lubricated. That means that if we are unable to produce enough tears or the tears we do produce do not contain enough water, oil, or mucin, then our eyes become dry and irritated.
Our tears are made up of three main ingredients: water, an oil called meibum, and mucin. Meibum is responsible for keeping our tears from evaporating too quickly, which it does by forming a thin, protective coating over the surface of each tear. Mucin ensures that our tears spread out evenly over the front surface of the eye (the cornea). If the water in our tears evaporates too quickly, or the tears are not uniformly distributed, it can cause dry eyes.
Tears are produced by several different glands located in and around our eyelids. As we age, our eyes are no longer able to produce as many tears, a condition that can lead to dry eye. There are also several medical conditions and medications that can also hinder your ability to produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated.
Environmental factors, such as wind or a dry climate, can also cause our tears to evaporate too quickly.
By analyzing your tears using tear osmolarity, our team of experts can determine how salty your tears are and analyze their composition. This, in turn, can show us what the root cause of your dry eye is.
Dry Eye Symptoms
While we will likely all experience dry or irritated eyes at some point, you may have dry eyes if you experience any of the following persisting symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
- Excessive tearing or watery eyes
- Tired eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- A foreign body sensation similar to having sand or grit in your eye
- Contact lens discomfort
Dry Eye Treatments
Once we have identified the root cause of your dry eye, we can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and providing you with long-lasting relief. Prescription eye drops such as Restasis and Xiidra can provide you with relief from your dry eye symptoms and address the root cause of your dry eye by gently encouraging your eyes to produce more of their own natural tears and reduce inflammation.
For more information about dry eye and the treatment options available, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment. You can make an appointment by contacting our Chevy Chase office at (301) 841-6776 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 659-2010 or filling out our contact form.
We also welcome walk-in patients.