Dry eye and its symptoms can be one of the most irritating things you've ever dealt with. The itchiness, gritty feeling, and aching makes it difficult to see and go about your day. Dry eye can be mild or severe, but in either case, it's not something you want to simply tolerate. There are treatments that can soothe symptoms if not solve the condition. Seeing an optometrist at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO, is the first step toward solving this uncomfortable condition.
Causes May Be External or Internal
Dry eye is treated mainly in accordance with its cause. Sometimes the cause is external, such as temporary dry eye caused by smoke in the air from nearby wildfires. People who work a lot with computers or smartphones can get a form of dry eye as part of computer vision syndrome. Waiting for the smoke to clear, going somewhere without smoke, and looking up frequently from screens so that you're not staring at the light the entire time, are all examples of ways to treat these external causes.
Internal causes can include blocked glands that interfere with the production of the tear film. The resulting drying can make even normal things like blinking feel very odd. There are additional treatments to help soothe symptoms, such as artificial tears that lubricate the eye. Behavioral modifications help too, such as training yourself not to rub your eyes, if you've been doing that. The gritty feeling that accompanies dry eye could make you more prone to trying to rub the "grit" out of your eyes, but that might only increase the irritation. Using artificial tears and otherwise not touching your eyes can help tremendously.
Get Treatment and Symptoms Relief from an Optometrist on Our Team
We at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO, can help you with dry eye relief. It can be important that you get your eyes checked and find out the real cause of the dry eye symptoms so that you can get appropriate treatment. Call us at (719) 599-5083 to make an appointment. An “optometrist near me” is here to help. Although we do not have an optometrist on our team, we can provide the services that an optometrist can and more, including dry eye relief.