Dry Eye FAQs

Are you experiencing dry, gritty, or burning eyes? Do you have blurred vision or sensitivity to light? These symptoms may be indicative of dry eye syndrome. At Broadway Eye Clinic, we understand how frustrating this condition can be, which is why we have prepared these FAQs to address some of the most commonly asked questions about dry eye. 


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What is Dry Eye Syndrome and What Causes it?

Dry eye results from a lack of moisture or outer lipid layer on the surface of the eye, causing symptoms such as fluctuating vision, burning sensation, and red eyes.  Dry eye can also lead to inflammation, which is chronic and progressive and needs treatment as soon as possible. Several factors can cause dry eye, including aging, hormonal changes, environmental factors, certain medications, and underlying health conditions.

 

What are the Different Types of Dry Eye?

There are two main types of dry eye. The most common type is evaporative dry eye, resulting from a decreased secretion of oil from the meibomian glands located in the eyelids. Aqueous-deficient dry eye, on the other hand, is caused by a decreased production of tears by the lacrimal glands.

 

How is Dry Eye Diagnosed and Treated?

At Broadway Eye Clinic, we use the latest technology to assist the doctor in determining the multiple factors contributing to your dry eye disease.  Once we determine the underlying causes and severity of your dry eye, we prescribe a customized treatment plan to bring you relief.  We offer highly effective in office treatments including Intense Pulse Light, Lipiflow and Low Level Light therapy.  You may also benefit from many of the at home therapies including omega-3 supplements, eye drops, moist heat masks, lid scrubs and sprays.

 

How Can I Prevent or Manage Dry Eye?

There are several things you can do to prevent or manage dry eye, including blinking frequently and taking breaks if you stare at a screen for a prolonged time, avoiding smoking and exposure to smoke, wearing sunglasses or protective eyewear when outdoors, using a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air, maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and visiting an optometrist or eye doctor regularly to monitor your eye health.

 

When Should I Seek Medical Attention for Dry Eye?

If you experience persistent or severe dry eye symptoms, see an eye doctor right away. Additionally, if you have other symptoms, such as eye pain, discharge, or light sensitivity, this may indicate a more serious eye condition that requires prompt medical attention.  Dry Eye left untreated will progress, so it is best to seek treatment even if you are experiencing mild symptoms.

 

Visit Our Clinic in Salt Lake City for Comprehensive Eye Care

Dry eye is a common eye condition that can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms. With proper diagnosis and treatment, you can manage your dry eye and improve your eye health. If you live in Salt Lake City, our optometrists at Broadway Eye Clinic can help you understand your dry eye and provide you with the best care plan tailored to your needs. Contact us today at (801) 322-0467 to schedule a comprehensive eye care exam and learn more about how we can help you achieve optimal eye health.

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