Dry eyes are irritating. They can mess with your daily life and keep you from being happy and comfortable. Here are the common symptoms of dry eyes and some possible ways that optometrists can treat them.
The most common symptoms of dry eyes are:
4) Stringy mucus
5) Excess irritation from smoke
Here’s a bonus one you might not have guessed: increased tearing. If the basic tear secretion is below normal, excess tears are produced by the lacrimal gland in response to irritation. Even though the eye is basically dry, overflow tearing can occur, masking the dryness that caused the tears in the first place.
Conserving the naturally produced tears is one approach to keeping the eyes moist. After bathing the eye’s surface, tears enter a small opening in each lid, the punctum, and drain through a small canal (the canaliculus) into the lacrimal sac and down the nasolacrimal duct into the nose. These channels may be closed temporarily, or permanently, by your optometrist.
The closure creates a reservoir of tears which allows the eyes to stay moist for longer periods of time. The insertion of these punctal plugs is done the doctor’s office and is 100% painless. Once inserted, the patient does not feel the plugs or even know that they are there. The entire process takes just seconds.
Gould Vision specializes in the treatment of dry eyes and other eye diseases. Gould Vision has provided quality eye care to thousands of patients. With the persistence of our founder and head optometrist, Dr. Adina Gould, our state-of-the-art Miami Beach facility was completed in August 2009. Our centrally-located office also serves the nearby areas of Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, and South Beach, Florida.