Dry Eyes Specialist

Eye 2 Eye Vision Center

Matthew Gada, OD

Optometrist located in Williamsburg, VA

The constant burning sensations that come with dry eyes is an uncomfortable experience. Dr. William Gada at Eye 2 Eye Vision Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, offers top-of-the-line treatments and prescriptions that help to lubricate your eyes and alleviate the irritation stemming from inactive tear ducts. If your dry eyes are becoming unbearable and affecting your everyday activities, call or schedule an appointment online at Eye 2 Eye Vision Center.

Dry Eyes

Why do I have dry eyes?

Dry eyes typically stem from a lack of tear production from your tear ducts or from tears that are improperly balanced in their chemistry. Dry eyes can also happen from the quick evaporation of your tears on windy days or when you aren’t blinking enough. Common reasons why you might not be producing enough tears include:

  • Old age
  • Gland damage from inflammation
  • Gland damage from radiation
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Certain medications
  • Certain diseases and medical conditions
  • Contact lens use

When you visit Eye 2 Eye Vision Center, Dr. Gada asks you about your medical history and examine your eyes to determine the cause of your inadequate tear production. Then, he works with you to create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your dry eyes.

When should I see a doctor for dry eyes?

Some cases of dry eyes, such as those caused by the weather, are temporary and easy to fix. Others are more complex and require the help of an optometrist to treat. If your symptoms continue for days or weeks, you should seek medical attention. Symptoms that you might experience include:

  • Mucus buildup in your eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning or stinging in your eyes
  • Redness and swelling
  • Feeling like there’s something in your eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Excessive eye watering

While excessive eye watering doesn’t seem to belong on a list of symptoms for dry eyes, it may occur as your body attempts to respond to the irritation. If left untreated, the surfaces of your eyes can be damaged by excessive rubbing and irritation. In extreme cases, you can develop corneal ulcers and experience problems with your sight.

What treatments are available for dry eyes?

There are plenty of treatment options for dry eyes. Dr. Gada forms a treatment plan for you that may involve at-home remedies, prescription medications, or eye drops. He supports you with suggestions on how to prevent your dry eyes from returning or worsening.

Commonly used medications for dry eyes include fish oil dietary supplements, RESTASIS® eye drops, and Xiidra® prescription eye drops. To reduce dry eyes or prevent them from recurring, Dr. Gada may suggest that you use a humidifier, avoid direct sunlight, avoid smoke, or look at computer screens from a modified angle.

If your dry eyes are becoming a concern, contact Eye 2 Eye Vision Center either by phone or online to find comfort and relief with expert optometrical treatment.