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If your eyes are constantly bothering you by the end of the day, it might not just be your environment; you might have a condition known as Dry Eye. At Swan Family Optometry, we see Dry Eye patients with a wide variety of symptoms and causes. In fact, it's one of the most common reasons we see patients in our office, second only to eyeglasses and contact lenses. Not simply a reaction to your home or work environment, Dry Eye can have real medical causes that call for treatment with our Fair Oaks eye doctor.
It's not just about being out in the wind or staring at a computer screen all day long. These factors can dry out your eyes temporarily, but Dry Eye is a chronic condition that happens no matter where you are. For some people, it's hereditary, but for others there are medical reasons why it happens. According to our Fair Oaks optometrist, some of the more common causes are:
Patients with Dry Eye can have any number of symptoms, and not every patient has the same ones. Most people report having irritated and itchy eyes, as well as swollen redness. As the condition progresses, you may feel like you have a foreign object in your eye such as a bit of grit or an eyelash. You might also experience a sensitivity to light, problems wearing your contact lenses for any length of time, excess mucous coming from the corner of your eyes, and very watery eyes. Most of these symptoms can occur during everyday life; it's when they happen on a regular basis that makes it time to call our office and schedule an appointment with the doctor.
Once the doctor has diagnosed you with Dry Eye, she has a wide variety of treatment options for your condition. Dr. Swan will offer prescription eye drops to relieve the redness, itchiness, and other symptoms. She'll also consult with you to determine what lifestyle changes you should make, such as changing your computer environment, putting a humidifier in your office or home, talking to your physician about any prescription medications you may be taking, or wearing wraparound sunglasses whenever you're outside. For some patients with tear gland problems, Dr. Swan may want to consider tear duct plugs to relieve the problems.
Whether it's just the environment or a serious eye condition, the only way to tell is with a comprehensive eye examination. Dr. Elisabeth Swan, our optometrist in Fair Oaks, has been practicing optometry since 1991, and is happy to consult with you on any eye conditions you may have. Call our office at 916-966-6080 to schedule an appointment today.
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Very professional, thorough, helpful, informative and friendly. Great service. Highly recommend.