Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly.
Inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers or scars on the cornea.
Often, dry eye presents as a watery eye, as our system tries to fix the problem, but makes the dry eye worse as it washes away good tears.
If symptoms of dry eye persist, consult an eye care professional to get an accurate diagnosis of the condition and to begin treatment to avoid permanent damage.
In severe cases, the doctor may need to prescribe medication.
If contact lens wear is the problem, your eye care practitioner may recommend another type of lens or reducing the number of hours you wear your lenses. In the case of severe dry eye, your eye care professional may advise you not to wear contact lenses at all.
Another option is to plug the drainage holes, small circular openings at the inner corners of the eyelids where tears drain from the eye into the nose. Lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs, can be inserted painlessly by an eye care professional. These plugs are made of silicone or collagen, are reversible, and are a temporary measure.
Call Lake Oswego Vision Center for more information about dry eye, or schedule a consultation.
Lake Oswego Vision Clinic
15480 Boones Ferry Road.
Lake Oswego, OR