Dry Eye Disease is the decrease in quantity and or quality of the eyes’ tears. Your tears function to help protect the eyes and keep them lubricated and comfortable. When there aren’t enough tears present or the tears are not healthy enough your eyes will be irritated, scratchy, burning, and red. Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common eye disorders affecting about 1 in 5 people. It is more common in women.
Dry eyes negatively affects an adult’s ability to do everyday tasks, such as reading a book or staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, effectively making dry environments intolerable.
Dr. Pesavento takes Dry Eye Disease very seriously and offers different treatment options tailored to your needs. Treatments can include lubrications (both drops and ointments), Restasis®; (A prescription eye drop that treats the inflammation of Dry Eye Disease), nutritional supplements, and punctual plugs to help your tears stay in the eye longer.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease include:
- A sandy or gritty feeling in the eye
- Foreign body sensation
- Watery eyes
- Pain or soreness in or around the eyes
- Blurred vision, especially when reading or working on the computer
- Heavy eyelids
- Discomfort with contact lenses or contact lens intolerance
- Decrease ability to read and work on the computer for long periods
- Fatigue of the eyes
If you notice some of these symptoms call Southside Center for Sight to see how Dr. Pesavento can help you.