Dry Eyes

Roy Hyman, OD

Optometry located in Louisville, KY

It’s estimated that nearly 5 million Americans over age 50 suffer from dry eyes, and 3 million of these adults are women. Men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, and the surrounding communities trust the expertise of optometrist Roy Hyman, OD. Dr. Hyman has more than 45 years of diagnosing and treating people for dry eye syndrome. Due to Dr. Hyman’s friendly demeanor and expert knowledge combined with his patient-centered approach to eye care, you get the highest standard of care in a welcoming environment. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes, also known as dry eye syndrome, is the result of insufficient moisture on the surface of your eyes, or poor tear quality. The cause of your dry eyes depends on the type of condition you have. These conditions include:

  • Dysfunctional tear syndrome, from poor quality of tears
  • Keratitis sicca, from dry, inflamed corneas
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, from dry corneas and conjunctiva (the clear membrane covering the surface of your eyes)

When the glands in your eyes responsible for producing tears don’t function properly, and therefore don’t produce the right combination of tears, it leads to decreased tear volume and poor tear quality. 

Other causes of dry eyes include:

  • Certain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Sleeping pills
  • Being in a dry or smoky environment
  • Contact lenses
  • Eye surgeries
  • Autoimmune diseases 

Fluctuating hormones, especially in women, can also contribute to dry eyes. Staring at a computer screen for many hours each day can exacerbate the problem and cause eye strain, too.

What are the symptoms of chronic dry eyes?

You can get dry eye syndrome in one or both eyes. It’s common to feel like you have something in your eye if you have dry eyes. Other symptoms include:

  • Redness around your eyelids
  • Stinging, burning sensation 
  • Itchy eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Mucus in and around your eyes
  • Trouble wearing contact lenses

Dr. Hyman evaluates your symptoms and conducts a comprehensive eye exam to determine the underlying causes of your dry eyes so he can recommend effective treatment options. 

How does an optometrist treat dry eyes?

Once Dr. Hyman determines what’s causing your dry eyes, he may prescribe any of the following:

  • Healing inflammation
  • Increasing tears with artificial teardrops
  • Maintaining the tears your eyes produce
  • Triggering tear production

For mild symptoms, artificial tears usually help. You can apply eye drops to your eyes as you need them. If that doesn’t help, there are procedures that block your tear ducts so you don’t lose tears too quickly, but rather they stay in your eyes for lubrication. 

Prescription eye drops can stimulate tear production, and warm compresses and ointments may also help relieve symptoms. Eye inserts also help lubricate your eyes. 

To get relief from chronic dry eye symptoms, call the friendly office staff at Roy Hyman, OD, today to make an appointment, or click the button to book online.