Dry eyes can be incredibly difficult to deal with. This is a condition that can affect your quality of life and make you feel constantly uncomfortable. Worst of all, dry eyes can impact your ability to properly use your eyeglasses or contact lenses to see properly. Although it might seem like just a small annoyance, dry eyes are a serious condition that should be treated as soon as possible. At Elio's Optical Vision Center, we have an optician on hand to help treat dry eyes and get you set up with the best pair of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Pinpointing the underlying cause of your dry eyes is essential to treating your condition properly.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes have a variety of causes, including:
- Medical conditions such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Environmental factors such as dry conditions and heavy winds
- Seasonal allergies
- Inability to produce enough tears
- Foreign objects stuck in the eye
- Reaction to certain medications
- Thyroid disorders
- Vitamin A deficiency
Due to the wide variety of reasons for dry eyes, it can be a bit tricky to pinpoint the exact cause of your dry eye.
How an Optician Helps With Dry Eyes
Our optician will assess your eyes to determine if your dry eyes are caused by a vision disorder, allergies, or another medical disorder. Using tests measuring the volume and quality of your tears, we will determine if you need medications or if you need to make certain lifestyle changes to alleviate your symptoms. Potential treatment options include:
- Taking allergy medication to help with dry eyes
- Taking tear-stimulating drugs
- Taking drugs to reduce eyelid inflammation
All of these can help increase tear production, effectively getting rid of your dry eyes.
Can I Wear Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses with Dry Eyes?
The short answer is yes. However, our optician may need to outfit you with special contact lenses. Gas permeable lenses allow oxygen to pass through their barrier, while scleral lenses retain more fluid as they fit over the eye. Both of these lenses can be beneficial for people with dry eyes.
Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses in Miami
At Elio's Optical Vision Center in Miami, we'll help pair you with the best eyeglasses and contact lenses to help treat your dry eyes! Call us today at (305) 649-4011 for more information on dry eye syndrome or to schedule an appointment with our optician.