Dry Eye Syndrome

About the Southern Eye Group Dry Eye Clinic

If you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome you understand the discomfort and frustrating symptoms that it can cause in your daily life. The Southern Eye Group has created the Dry Eye Clinic to specifically treat patients with this condition through advanced new diagnostic technologies and treatment devices. After carefully diagnosing the severity of your condition, our Dry Eye Specialists will create and discuss treatment options that would be customized to our patients needs and lifestyle.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Tears matter. They act as a lubricant, cleanser, and antibacterial defense for your eyes. Secreted by glands located around the eyes, tears are made up of water (providing moisture), oil (providing lubrication), mucus (providing evening spreading), and special proteins and antibodies (providing resistance against infection). Combined together, the components of a tear keep away and wash out dust, debris, and foreign objects. Additionally, tears neutralize any microorganisms that attempt to take residence on the eye’s surface.

Due to their many purposes, tears play an essential role in the health of your eyes. So when tear production goes astray, it can create many problems. If you are experiencing a tear deficiency or an overflow of tears that causes dry eyes then you likely suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome—a condition that results in various kinds of eye discomfort and puts your eyes at risk for injury and infection.

What Are the Causes of Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome can result from several issues. The first is an imbalance in your body’s natural tear-flow system. For example: if your eyes are producing too few tears, or if they are producing an excessive amount that overflow and do not retain moisture in the eyes. The condition can also be the results of external or environmental conditions that dry out your tear film. For example:

  • Dry weather
  • Air conditioning
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoke
  • Heat
  • Smoke
  • Heat

Other causes of Dry Eye Syndrome may include: aging and hormonal changes, some diseases (such as collagen vascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis), and certain drugs like antihistamines and birth control pills. Furthermore, structural problems that keep eyelids from closing properly can affect your tear production as well.

What Are The Symptoms of Dry Eye?

The health of the eye relies on the regular flow of tears. If you have Dry Eye Syndrome you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Burning or stinging
  • Scratchy eyes
  • Decreased tolerance to contact lens
  • Itching eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sandy or gritty feeling
  • Tired eyes

Contact us at 251-220-8228 to schedule a Dry Eye Consultation today or request an appointment online.