It’s no surprise that for many Spring flowers, pollen and other allergens can wreak havoc on your eyes and while allergy symptoms come and go with change of seasons, dry eye disease may not. Did you know that women are at higher risk for Dry Eye Disease, a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears or enough quality tears to keep the eyes lubricated?
According to reports provided by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Dry Eye is more prevalent in women in the menopausal and postmenopausal age group, due to the changes in balance of hormones. Women who are pregnant, or on certain types of birth control, may also experience dry eye.
While allergy and dry eye disease share common symptoms, allergies typically cause itching and only during certain times of the year or when you have a reaction to allergens. Dry eye disease symptoms include:
- Feeling a burning or stinging in your eyes
- Feeling like there are particles in your eyes
- A gritty, sandy feeling in your eyes
- Redness and inflammation of your eyes
- Stringy mucus in your eyes
- Extreme sensitivity, especially to cigarette smoke
After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Shofner, along with Dr. Patel at Shofner Vision Center offer patients relief with dry eye treatment with prescription eye drops and punctal plugs. Punctal plugs are tiny, biocompatible devices that can be inserted into tear ducts to block drainage. This increases the eye’s tear film and surface moisture to help relieve certain forms of dry eye.
Many of our patients receive almost instant relief with semi-permanent and dissolvable tear duct plugs. Temporary or dissolvable punctal plugs usually last from a few days to as long as several months. This is done at our office and patients do not experience any discomfort or downtime. In many cases, no aesthetic is needed. For extreme dry eye cases, Dr. Shofner offers Dry Eye Surgery. This procedure involves cauterizing the tissue at the opening of the punctum, which seals the eye’s fluid drainage system permanently.”
Once diagnosed, eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and dry eye should all be addressed immediately. Vision loss can be significantly lessened when eye problems are detected and treated early. If you experience dry eye symptoms or any other changes in vision, contact Shofner Vision Center to schedule an appointment. Visit us online or call (615) 340-4733 today.