Dry Eye Disease is a common ailment and affects over 77 million patients. Its most frequent symptoms include blurriness, red or burning vision, a gritty feeling in the eyes, unusual tear production, light sensitivity and contact lens discomfort.
Left untreated, Dry Eye can damage the eye’s delicate tissues and disrupt the cornea, leading to impaired vision. Harman Eye Center is committed to preventing the lasting affects of this disease through proper diagnosis and treatment, and our newly established Dry Eye Treatment Center.
Dry Eye is most commonly found in women over 35, and is often the result of hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause and autoimmune diseases like arthritis and lupus. But it can also be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes and blocked tear ducts, and by certain medications. Unfortunately, contact wearers are also affected by Dry Eye Disease and environmental factors, such as smoking and prolonged computer use, can also play a role.
While the causes are many, the diagnosis is simple. We can detect Dry Eye Disease through a simple eye exam or a dye test. The Schirmer Test, which measures tear volume in the eye, can also be used.
Heading off the damaging affects of Dry Eye is easily achieved. We commonly use artificial tears and gels. And for more severe cases, we’ll place a slow-release insert, filled with medicine, under the lower lid that gradually releases moisture for much needed relief. Or an ointment at bedtime may be required.
Our Dry Eye Treatment Center
Diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Disease can be performed at any of our convenient locations. We’ve also established a Dry Eye Treatment Center in Lynchburg at Harman Eye Center of Lynchburg. The center specializes in preventing the damaging, long-term affects of this emerging disease.