Dry Eye Syndrome in Franklin, TN

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What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Everyone experiences dry, itchy eyes at some point. However, if it lasts for a long time or happens repeatedly, it could be dry eye syndrome. This common condition is due to either an underproduction of tears or lubrication within the tears, which could be caused by a variety of factors, like medications, hormones, medical conditions, and more. Tears are crucial to the overall health of the eyes; therefore, if they malfunction, it can lead to extreme inflammation of the eyes and even decreased vision. Dr. Daxx Dunn, Dr. Marla Weldon, and Dr. Kelly Short provide several treatment options for people not only in Franklin but also in surrounding communites such as Spring Hill, Brentwood, and Nashville, TN dealing with dry eye syndrome. When you visit Family Vision Care, we will give you a complete eye exam to properly diagnose your dry eye symptoms and pinpoint whether you have an underlying condition. To find out more about getting help for dry eye syndrome, call our Franklin, TN office to schedule your evaluation.

How is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?

The most accurate approach for finding out if you have dry eye is to have a thorough eye exam. Along with reviewing your symptoms, we will examine your medical history to establish any underlying problems leading to your eye issues. This comprehensive eye exam could include gauging the quantity and makeup of the tears you generate and a routine examination of your eyes, eyelids, and corneas. If we diagnose you with dry eye syndrome, we will formulate an individualized treatment plan based on the degree of your case. Your unique dry eye treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your dry eyes. A lot of individuals with mild cases of the condition can ease the symptoms with prescription or nonprescription artificial tears. These solutions can help increase your real tears. If your dry eye syndrome doesn't respond to eye drops, tiny plugs can be put in your tear ducts (called punctal occlusion) to close them off and hold the natural tears in the eye.

Dry Eye Syndrome FAQ

What are some things I can do to help prevent dry eye syndrome?

  • Rest your eyes after a long period of screen time
  • Use a humidifier
  • Avoid areas with a high degree of air circulation
  • Avoid cigarette smoke
  • Use a warm compress on your eyes
  • Supplement your diet with an omega-3 fatty acid

Does dry eye syndrome cause permanent eye damage?

Not typically. Dry eye syndrome can lead to a corneal abrasion or ulcer, but the most immediate risk from dry eye syndrome is eye inflammation and infection.

Could my dry eyes be a symptom of something more serious?

Dry eyes are most commonly a symptom of allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, and aging.

Does drinking more water help prevent dry eyes?

Drinking plenty of water and proper hydration is key to helping your body produce enough tears while also being good for your overall health.

Relieve Your Dry Eyes

Experiencing the symptoms of dry eye syndrome can be annoying and frustrating, but it can also cause a decreased ability to see without treatment. If you have been struggling with symptoms of dry eye, like red, stinging, or watery eyes, and are hoping to find relief, arrange an eye exam at our Franklin, TN facility. Our optometrists at Family Vision Care, Drs. Dunn, Weldon, and Short, frequently diagnose and treat the various aspects of dry eye syndrome.

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