Your tears are responsible for keeping your eyes healthy and clean. They’re made of a complex mixture of water, oil and mucus and antibodies that help to keep your eyes smooth, clear and help to protect them from infection. Dry eyes is a condition in which tears aren’t able to adequately lubricate the eyes. Dry eye patients should visit an eye doctor at a reputable Jacksonville ophthalmology office.
Dry Eye Syndrome or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is a condition that happens when the eyes don’t make enough quality tears; either they don’t make enough tears, or their tears are poor quality. An experienced eye doctor at a Jacksonville ophthalmology office like Quality Eye Care can help. The most common kind of dry eye is caused by an inadequate tear production. Sometimes the condition can cause an overproduction of inadequate tears in response to the lack of moisture. However, they don’t contain sufficient nutrients since they’re mostly made of water. Dry eye can be temporary but for many, it’s a life-long condition that will need to be managed. Dry eye can be caused by a number of factors, some of which include: staring at a computer for long periods of time, wind blowing in the eyes, side effects from certain medications, aging, and diseases that caused the inability to make tears, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. Although the cause may be different, all types of dry eye have very unpleasant symptoms. Some common dry eyes symptoms include: eye irritation and burning, watery eyes, a scratchy feeling, a sensation that something is in the eyes, a gritty feeling and blurred vision. There are a variety of over-the counter dry eye treatments that may help some people, like artificial tears but sometimes prescription medications are necessary. People who have severe and persistent dry eye symptoms should see a professional eye doctor, like ours at Quality Eye Care.
If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact our Jacksonville ophthalmology office. One of our associates at Quality Eye Care will schedule an appointment for you.