Eliminate the Burden of Daily Inconveniences

Having dry eyes can be distracting and painful and can take away from your quality of life. However, with simple treatments provided by Dominion Eye Associates, you can prevent permanent eye damage and regain the comfort you once had. Diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Disease can be performed at any of our convenient locations. Our doctors specialize in preventing the damaging, long-term effects of this emerging disease.

Causes and Symptoms

Dry eyes are most commonly found in women over 35 and are 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, blocked tear ducts, and certain medications. In addition, contact wearers are susceptible to Dry Eye Disease, and environmental factors, such as smoking and prolonged computer use, can also play a role.

The most frequent symptoms of dry eyes include blurriness, red or burning vision, a gritty feeling in the eyes, unusual tear production, light sensitivity, and contact lens discomfort. Left untreated, it can damage the eye’s delicate tissues and disrupt the cornea, leading to impaired vision. Dominion Eye Associates is committed to preventing the lasting impacts of this disease through proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

While the causes are many, the diagnosis is straightforward. 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 effects of having dry eyes 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. This insert gradually releases moisture for much-needed relief. An ointment at bedtime may be required, as well.