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Dry eye is just as uncomfortable as it sounds -- and quite possibly more serious as well. Chronic eye redness, irritation and other annoying symptoms don't just interfere with your daily comfort and visual acuity; they also indicate an underlying disorder or imbalance that can eventually lead to significant corneal damage if left unchecked. That's why you need to treat your case of dry eye as a medical condition requiring the services of a St. Johnsbury, Montpelier or Lancaster optometrist. Here at Shippee Family Eye Care, we can help you get your dry eye firmly under control.
An isolated instance of dry eye can happen to practically anyone under the right circumstances, such as the short-term use of a medication that has a drying effect or an especially windy weekend in the great outdoors. But if you're experiencing the symptoms of dry eye on a constant or regular basis, it's time to seek the advice of a dry eye doctor. Those symptoms include:
It's important to understand that the eyes depend not only on a steady supply of tears but also on the right quality of tears. The tear film, which is renewed every time you blink, includes a mucous layer, a water layer, and an outer lipid (oil) layer. Without the correct balance of all three ingredients, or the right quantity of all of them, the eyes become dry. Age, underlying medical conditions, blockage of the oil-producing glands inside the eyelids, constant wind (or fan) exposure, and infrequent blinking due to long hours of computer use can all result in inadequate eye protection -- and over time, this can promote eye infections, damage from foreign bodies and even ulceration of the corneas.
Your Montpelier, Lancaster, and St. Johnsbury optometrist on our Shippee Family Eye Care team can provide the dry eye treatment you need. We'll analyze your tear production and tear film while asking you about your computer use, environment, medication use and medical history. Once we've isolated the cause, we can prescribe dry eye treatment options such as eye drops, medical treatment (or changes in treatment) from your primary care physician, and adjustments to your environment and work habits. If necessary, we can also recommend treatments to unblock your meibomian glands, which can re-balance your tear film and restore normal eye protection.
Take the logical first step toward ridding yourself of dry symptoms and optimizing your ocular well-being. Call Shippee Family Eye Care at any of our three offices to set up an appointment with your St. Johnsbury, Lancaster and Montpelier optometrist!