When Should I See an Eye Doctor for Dry Eyes?

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Dry eyes cause a range of symptoms, such as burning, itching, and redness, while severe cases lead to eye infections or other long-term complications. If you experience these issues or they interfere with your day-to-day life, seek a trained ophthalmologist at Rothchild Eye Institute for diagnosis and treatment options.

Dry eye syndrome may be the result of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which occurs when glands in the eyelids become blocked. Call now to book an eye assessment in Delray Beach, FL. Our professionals are experienced in helping patients find dry eye relief in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach County.

What causes dry eye syndrome?

Environmental factors like wind and sun exposure are known to cause dry eyes. However, dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition and may result from a blocked gland in your eyelid. This is known as meibomian gland dysfunction. Symptoms of MGD include redness, itching, burning, and blurry vision. You may also experience a gritty sensation that feels like sand in your eyes.

Other causes of dry eye syndrome include:

  • Age (older people are more susceptible to dry eyes)
  • Prolonged computer or smartphone use
  • Medications like antihistamines or birth control pills
  • Hormone changes due to pregnancy or menopause
  • Health conditions such as diabetes

When to book an appointment for dry eyes

You should be seen by an ophthalmologist when dry eyes prevent you from performing tasks such as reading books or menus, using a computer, or driving. Call Rothchild Eye Institute in Delray Beach, FL if your eyes become red or inflamed, blurry vision persists for more than two days in a row, or over-the-counter eye drops are not enough to provide dry eye relief. Our goal is to manage your condition before symptoms worsen and cause serious eye complications.

Why is dry eye treatment so important?

Natural tears wash away harmful bacteria, dust, and other debris, so when your eyes are dry, you become more susceptible to infection or inflammation. When left untreated for too long, dry eye syndrome leads to long-term damage or vision problems.

At Rothchild Eye Institute, we understand the importance of proper treatment for dry eyes and follow-up care. During an examination, our team members will ask about your symptoms and current medical history. We may also perform tests to measure tear production.

Treatment may include minor lifestyle changes, such as wearing sunglasses when outdoors and using artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated. We may also recommend prescription medications or a procedure if needed. Those diagnosed with MGD may benefit from a revolutionary technology called LipiFlow®.

How do you treat dry eyes caused by MGD?

Blocked meibomian glands can be cleared through LipiFlow, which uses a combination of gentle pulsating heat and a pressure massage. Treatment is designed to dissolve any blockages so your body can naturally produce tears once again. LipiFlow only takes about 15 minutes and requires anesthetic drops, and no discomfort or downtime is involved. Results are seen in about 6 – 8 weeks and are long-lasting.

Dry eye relief is possible

When dry eye syndrome interferes with your natural vision, it’s time to seek treatment. Rothchild Eye Institute is proud to offer treatment options for MGD, dry eye syndrome, and other common but frustrating conditions. Learn more about our Delray Beach, FL practice by calling to book an appointment today. We look forward to helping you achieve the best results possible in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, or Palm Beach County, FL.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.