How to prevent Dry Eyes.

Burning, itchy, scratchy, sensitive, red — these are just a few of the words to describe the symptoms that often accompany dry eyes. If you’re struggling with uncomfortably dry eyes, the first thing to know is that there are solutions.

Here at Beraja Medical Institute, our team of ophthalmology and optometry experts helps patients with eye problems of all kinds, and dry eyes are one of the most common issues.

To help you better understand the problem, here’s a look at what might be causing your dry eyes and how we can help.

Behind those dry eyes

Eyes function best when they’re properly hydrated and protected, which is where your tears come in. Your tears contain three layers that perform specific tasks:

When you experience dry eyes, it typically means that there’s a problem with one of the layers.

For example, one of the more common causes of dry eyes is meibomian gland dysfunction, a condition in which your glands don’t secrete enough oil. This condition is typically caused by a blockage in your meibomian gland.

Another potential cause of dry eyes is inadequate tears. Your eyes contain several glands that produce a watery fluid that makes up the all-important aqueous layers of your tears. With age, these glands may not produce enough liquid (aqueous deficiency dry eye), which leaves your eyes dehydrated and unnourished.

There are many other reasons why you may experience dry eyes, from allergies to staring at a computer screen without blinking. 

Treating your dry eyes

When you come see us, our first goal is to determine what’s causing your dry eyes, which dictates how we approach the problem. If we find, for example, that your meibomian glands are clogged, we work to unclog the glands to free up the flow of oil.

If you aren’t producing enough tears, we may recommend artificial tears to supplement your declining tear production. We also offer punctual plugs, which help keep the tears against your eyes by blocking the drainage exit.

In addition, there are many steps you can take to improve your dry eyes on your own, such as:

Between our treatments here and your efforts at home, we can relieve your dry eyes, allowing you to see more clearly and comfortably. To learn more about our dry eye treatments, contact our office in Coral Gables, Florida to set up an appointment.

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