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 chronic and progressive disease that affects over 340 million people of all ages. Dry eyes negatively impact functioning of the Meibomian Glands of the eye.

What causes dry eyes?

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

  • Working on computers and other digital devices
  • Working in low humidity environments
  • Wearing contact lenses

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, scratchy eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye fatigue
  • Painful, red eyes

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 dry eye disease will depend upon the cause and severity of your symptoms. In milder forms, dry eye treatment may involve the use of lubricating eye drops or dry eye medications such as cyclosporine or lifitegrast.

However, treatment of more severe cases of dry eyes requires the use of highly specialized instruments. Dr. Turner is one of only 30 doctors in the north Texas region who utilizes these instruments. Here is a brief overview of these instruments:

LipiScan

The LipiScan instrument is a diagnostic device that uses near-infrared illumination to image the meibomian glands of the eye.

LipiFlow

The LipiFlow instrument provides a drug-free approach to the treatment of dry eyes. This gentle 12 minute heat and massage procedure is relatively painless and many patients describe it as calming and relaxing. This procedure helps the meibomian glands produce the oil film by applying thermal pulsations in the inner and outer eyelids.

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