Dry Eye Treatment With Our Seattle Optometry Team At Optometry Medical Group
We encourage you to join the hundreds of other people from the Seattle area who have found relief from their dry eye symptoms at the Optometry Medical Group. Our optometry staff, led by Dr. Le Huy Hoang, understands how irritating this condition can be. We’re proud to be able to offer state-of-the-art techniques and services to relieve your symptoms.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome And What Are The Symptoms?
You normally have a thin layer of tears covering the outer surface of your eyes and the inner surface of your eyelids. With dry eye syndrome, something causes this so-called tear film to go away or become poor in quality, rendering it ineffective at moisturizing and protecting the eyes. This leads to symptoms like:
- Red, itchy, and dry eyes
- The sensation of grit or sand stuck in the eye
- Excessive clear watery discharge from the eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to bright lights
Your symptoms may come and go and may make it difficult for you to tolerate wearing contact lenses.
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Several things can dry eye syndrome, including:
- Eye allergy (common irritants include pet dander, dust, and mold)
- Medication side effects
- Exposure to smoke, dry weather, airborne chemicals, etc.
- Using computers too much
- Wearing contact lenses too long
- Autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
- Meibomian gland dysfunction (these glands normally secrete oil into tears to stop them from evaporating quickly)
Exploring Your Options for Dry Eye Treatment With Our Seattle Optometrist Team
People with dry eyes run the risk of permanent eye damage and vision loss if they frequently rub, itch, or scratch their eyes. These behaviors increase the risk of problems like corneal abrasions and infections. And it’s rare that over-the-counter artificial tears actually “fix” the problem. For this reason, it’s important to seek help from a Seattle optometrist. Dr. Hoang can help in several ways:
- First, our doctors will diagnose your dry eye syndrome. He may run lab tests, assess your vision, and ask you questions about your environment, lifestyle, and personal and family medical history to help tease out what’s behind your symptoms.
- Next, they implement an individualized treatment plan that may include medicated eye drops, nutritional supplements, and even hard to fit contact lenses.
- If any additional services such as tear duct plugging or other operative services are indicated, he will provide the pre and post-operative care necessary to ensure your outcomes are optimal!