Dry Eyes

Stacy Turner , O.D. -  - Optometrist

Eldorado Vision & Optical

Stacy Turner , O.D.

Optometrist located in McKinney, TX

Are your eyes dry, itchy, watery, or sore? You may be experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome. Stacy Turner, OD, at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, offers treatment for dry eyes, whether your symptoms are mild or severe. For dry eye relief, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when your eyes aren’t getting enough moisture from good quality tears. It’s a common condition affecting nearly 50% of adults in the United States, and it occurs more often as you get older. It’s also more prevalent in women than men.

What causes dry eyes?

You may experience dry eyes for a number of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Too much screen time or reading
  • Working in dry or windy conditions
  • Allergies
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke

Hormonal changes, medication, and certain health conditions, such as rosacea or autoimmune disorders, may also lead to dry eyes.

How do I know if I have dry eyes?

Dry eyes cause a number of different symptoms that may indicate you need to schedule an appointment at Eldorado Vision & Optical with Dr. Turner.

Common symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Dry, itchy, painful eyes
  • Scratchy sensation
  • Heavy lids
  • Blurred vision
  • Stinging or burning

If you have dry eyes, you may also experience a heavy eye discharge followed by eye dryness. While it may be normal to experience dry eyes from time to time, if your eyes are persistently dry, you should see Dr. Turner for an examination so she can assess your eye health and offer treatments to improve your symptoms and prevent complications.

How can I treat my dry eyes?

Treatment for your dry eyes will depend on the cause and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Turner offers a number of treatment options to help alleviate the discomfort caused by dry eyes, including:

  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Dry eye medications such as cyclosporine or lifitegrast
  • Devices that stimulate tear production

To ensure the best outcome, Dr. Turner will provide you with specific instructions on how to use your medication to treat your eyes. Following the instructions exactly will not only help you relieve your discomfort, but it will also allow Dr. Turner to know if changes need to be made in your treatment plan.

In addition to medication to improve eye moisture, Dr. Turner may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as closing your eyes from time to time when you’re working at a computer to allow your tears time to moisten your eyes.

For dry eye treatment, call Eldorado Vision & Optical or schedule an appointment online today.