What is Dry Eye?

Recent studies estimate that there are more than 30 million people who suffer from dry eye disease in the U.S., but less than 2 million are being treated therapeutically. We can help determine the severity of your dry eye and treat symptoms of discomfort. Our windy western Kansas climate of low humidity can worsen dry eye symptoms. We will work with you to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your symptoms, improves your comfort, and has a positive impact on your quality of life.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Symptoms of dry eye often vary from person to person. Because of this fact, it is best to have your case of dry eye properly diagnosed. Symptoms often include:

  • A persistent stinging or burning sensation
  • Periods of blurry or hazy vision
  • A feeling as if a piece of sand or speck of dust is in the eye
  • A stringy, sticky discharge from the eye
  • Episodes of excessive tears, followed by prolonged periods of dryness
  • Eye fatigue

Causes of Dry Eye

Dry eye can be caused by the following:

  • Side effects associated with medications (antihistamines, decongestants, birth control pills)
  • Skin diseases around the eye and eyelid
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction, which is a major contributor towards dry eye
  • Digital eye strain, prolonged computer use
  • Poor diet and lifestyle factors, including smoking
  • Allergies