A Solution for Your Dry Eyes
No matter the cause, you shouldn’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease. The team at Oviedo Vision Center is here to help you find a solution.
By discussing your overall health history and lifestyle, followed by an in-depth eye assessment, we can determine the root cause of your dry eye and develop a customized treatment plan based on your needs.
The health of your eyes is integral to your overall well-being. Find relief and improve your quality of life today!
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye disease is a condition where your eyes aren’t adequately lubricated. Your eyes either don’t produce enough tears, or the quality of your tears is insufficient. When your eyes aren’t properly moisturized, you are left with irritating symptoms.
Your tears are made up of 3 important layers: oil, water, and mucus. The mucus layer keeps the tear secured to the eye, the watery layer keeps the eyes hydrated, and the oily layer is responsible for preventing tears from evaporating too quickly.
The oil is produced by the meibomian glands in your eyelids. If these glands become clogged, known as meibomian gland dysfunction, the amount of oil in your tears decreases, and you can experience the uncomfortable feeling of dry eyes.
Causes & Symptoms of Dry Eye
The symptoms of dry eye disease can arise from various internal and external factors. A comprehensive eye exam with our knowledgeable team of professionals at Oviedo Vision Center can detect the reason for your discomfort and recommend a solution best for your individual symptoms.
Causes of Dry Eye
Common causes of dry eye disease include:
- Age—the majority of people 65+ experience dry eye symptoms
- Hormonal Changes—pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or menopause can increase the risk of dry eyes
- Certain Medications—antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medication, and antidepressants can decrease tear production
- Medical Conditions—arthritis, diabetes, thyroid problems, and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) can put you at risk for dry eye disease
- Environmental Factors—smoke, wind, and dry air can increase tear evaporation and the risk of developing dry eye symptoms
- Low Blink Rate Activities —include staring at a screen, reading, or driving long distances
- Refractive Surgeries—can decrease tear production in short-term
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Symptoms you can experience due to dry eye disease include:
- Gritty or burning sensation
- Blurred vision
- Excessive watering
- Foreign body sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Stringy mucus around the eye
At Oviedo Vision Center, we’re committed to providing you comfort and relief from the irritation of dry eyes. We offer treatment solutions based on a detailed evaluation of your eyes and what’s causing your symptoms. If you’re experiencing discomfort, please visit us.
Punctal plugs are an effective way to conserve your tears and maintain moisture on the surface of your eye. Tiny silicone plugs are placed in the opening of your tear ducts, so the tears don’t drain as quickly.
Zocular Eyelid System Treatment (ZEST) helps to maintain good eyelid hygiene. This treatment uses an okra-based solution to gently exfoliate the eyelids to remove dead cells or debris contributing to inflammation and irritation. Good eyelid hygiene is essential in diminishing the symptoms of dry eye disease.
The Bruder mask is a moist heat compress designed to help melt thick oil clogging the meibomian glands. Unclogging the glands allows your natural oils to flow back onto the eye’s surface. When the oil component of your tears is sufficient, your tears don’t evaporate as quickly, and dry eye symptoms are likely to diminish.
This easy-to-use mask takes only 20–25 seconds in the microwave to heat up and is applied for 8–10 minutes or as recommended by your eye doctor.
See the World Comfortably & Clearly
You don’t need to suffer from dry eyes any longer.
If you’re experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease and it’s taking a toll on your everyday life, please visit us to discover the effective treatments we offer.
We are located just off of West Broadway, near the Oviedo Medical Center.
Oviedo Vision Center
- 875 Clark St.
- Oviedo, FL 32765
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed