Irritating, Uncomfortable Eyes
We use our eyes all day long, but we rarely think of them—unless they’re uncomfortable, and then they’re all we think about. Adults might turn to redness-relieving eye drops, while kids often rub their eyes. But neither strategy tackles the true cause of tired, scratchy eyes.
Dry eye is a chronic, common, and uncomfortable condition, impacting more than 16 million Americans. Not only is it irritating, but it can really put a damper on your daily activities. Dry eyes can decrease your quality of life and hinder productivity.
But relief is available! Book an exam today for a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose your dry eye symptoms. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to long-term infections and eye damage down the road. Any time your eyes are uncomfortable, it’s best to pay us a visit and rule out more problematic conditions.Book Appointment
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Dry Eye symptoms may include:
- Stinging or burning
- Gritty or scratchy feeling
- Foreign body sensation
- Red or watery eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye fatigue
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Discomfort when wearing contacts
- Fluctuating Vision
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book your appointment to find relief today.Book Appointment
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Disease is a condition in which the ocular surface is compromised due to insufficient tears or poor quality tears.
There are 2 main types of dry eye. The first—and least common—occurs when the eyes simply don’t produce enough tears. The second occurs when the tears are of poor quality.
You may have one or both types of dry eye disease. Inflammation is usually a contributor and may be present in either one of these types.
Decreased Tear Production
Good-quality tears depend on a balanced and effective tear film. The tear film is made up of 3 layers—a mucus layer to spread the tears over the surface of the eye, a water layer to hydrate the eye, and an oil layer to keep the water from evaporating too quickly. If there’s an imbalance in the tear film, dry eye syndrome can result.
The tiny glands along the top and bottom edges of the eyelids, called the meibomian glands are responsible for producing the oil layer of your tear film. Blockages in these glands can cause a reduction in the amount of oil produced, leading to dry eyes.
When we diagnose your dry eye syndrome, we’ll also look at the condition of your meibomian glands and recommend treatment options if they’re not functioning properly.
What is a Dry Eye Evaluation?
Dr. Eickhoff specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of dry eye disease. At a comprehensive dry eye evaluation a series of tests are done to determine which form of dry eye is most prevalent in your condition and to what extent inflammation is involved. Some of these tests include taking a collection of tears, putting stains or dyes in the tears, taking videos and images of the cornea, tear film and glands, and assess gland function. All this information will help Dr. Eickhoff write a treatment program specific to you and your condition and will establish a baseline for measuring progress. Call to schedule your Dry Eye Evaluation today and get on the path to more healthy comfortable eyes!
Finding Relief From Dry Eyes
Many treatment options are available for dry eye disease, and Dr. Eickhoff will use the information from your dry eye evaluation to determine the best plan tailored for you. Treatment may include lubricating drops, eyelid hygiene, supplements, prescription drops, and/or in-office treatments.
Some treatments offered at Restore Vision Center include:
- Vital Tears
- We Love Eyes
- Oasis Tears
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We’re proud to offer comprehensive eye care services and eyewear for the whole family. Our staff looks forward to helping you with all of your eye health needs. We will take the time to answer all of your questions and ensure you understand all of your options.
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
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This office was great! I took my son in for his first check up and him and I were both very comfortable through out the whole visit. All the staff members gave us their full attention and answered all the questions we had. My son actually said “That was fun” on our way out. I would definitely recommend Bella Vista Eyecare.
I’ve been here for a checkup, for an eye problem, and for sunglasses. No matter the reason, I’ve always found the staff to be helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable. They have gone able and beyond to make sure my insurance details were handled smoothly, and are great with my kids when they come. Would definitely recommend.