Dry Eyes

Eyecare Professionals

Optometrists located in Mandan, Hazen & Washburn, ND

Dry eyes are uncomfortable and may be a sign of a more serious eye disorder. If dry eyes negatively affect your quality of life, innovative treatment options are within reach at Eyecare Professionals in Mandan, Hazen, and Washburn, North Dakota. The experienced optometrists use Eye Light IPL, iLux®, Cornea 550, and other innovative technologies to diagnose and treat dry eyes. Call Eyecare Professionals to learn more or to schedule an appointment online today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

Your eyes naturally produce fluids that keep them lubricated and pain-free. However, sometimes this mechanism doesn’t function properly and dryness can result. Signs and symptoms of dry eyes often include:

  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Stinging or burning
  • Eye redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty wearing contacts
  • Blurry daytime or night vision
  • Eyestrain or fatigue

You might experience dry eyes all of the time or in certain situations. For example, dry eyes can occur when you’re in an air-conditioned room, looking at a computer screen for long time periods, or on an airplane. Dry eye treatment helps ease discomfort and restore your quality of life.

What are the risk factors for dry eyes?

Anybody can develop dry eyes, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include:

  • Being a woman
  • Being older than 50
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Not consuming enough vitamin A
  • Genetic factors

Eye dryness might be due to a medical condition, taking certain medications, past laser surgery, or tear gland damage. Complications sometimes associated with dry eyes include eye infections, eye surface damage, and a reduced quality of life. 

How are dry eyes diagnosed?

To diagnose dry eyes, the optometrists at Eyecare Professionals review your medical history and symptoms and complete an eye exam. 

Your exam may include an eye health evaluation and vision tests. Your provider uses innovative Cornea 550 technology to precisely diagnose and assess your condition.

What is the treatment for dry eyes?

Your optometrist reviews dry eye treatment options with you and determines which best matches your personalized needs. The team uses the most advanced technology in the country to treat and manage dry eyes efficiently. Examples include:

IPL

Your provider utilizes IPL, or intense pulsed light technology, to reduce dry eyes associated with chronic inflammation.

iLux

iLux is a handheld device your optometrist uses to apply light-based heat and compression to your eyelids to soften tear duct blockages.

Eye drops

Prescription eye drops help lubricate your eyes and eliminate the discomfort associated with dry eyes.

Don’t live with irritating dry eye symptoms when simple, noninvasive options are within reach. Schedule an appointment with Eyecare Professionals over the phone or online to find out which dry eye treatment is right for you.

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