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Dry is one of the many eye conditions treated by your ophthalmologists in Phoenix. It is a highly common eye condition, but one that can be upsetting and frustrating. It leaves your eyes feeling gritty and irritated, and can lead to eye damage if left untreated for too long. While it may seem like just a minor irritant, it is important to get it treated while it is just that, before it damages your cornea, and maybe even your vision. Fortunately, your Phoenix ophthalmologists know how to give you effective treatment.
Dry eye is caused when your tear ducts stop producing enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Dry, un-lubricated eyes are scratchy, uncomfortable eyes. In addition to keeping eyes moist and comfortable, tears also keep them free of debris by washing it away, and protect against infection of the eye. They even ensure clear vision, as dry corneas have trouble focusing appropriately, which means dry eye can give you double or blurry vision. As you can tell, producing adequate tears to keep your eyes wet is important to many different jobs your eye does, and to the health of the eyes themselves.
Tear ducts may stop producing an adequate amount of tears for no apparent reason, because of damage due to age or injury, because of allergies, some medications, and certain medical conditions like diabetes, autoimmune disorders, thyroid issues, and other, similar things.
There are an ample selection of treatments for dry eye that your eye doctors in Phoenix may explore for you. There are medications that can be prescribed to help your tear ducts produce more tears. A few of them are on the market, and your Phoenix eye doctors may try one or more on you until they get the one that solves the issues best for you.
In mild cases of dry eye in Phoenix, your eye doctor may recommend you use an over-the-counter artificial tear product. Those can be quite effective in the more mild versions of dry eye.
In severe cases of dry eye, surgery on the tear ducts to open them up and release blockages may be recommended. We can perform this surgery for you, and take care of your pre and post op care needs, too.
Give us a call to set up your appointment for your first exam, evaluation, and consultation. We are happy to serve all of your eye care needs in the Phoenix area. Trust your eyes and your good vision to us. We will strive to never let you down. We look forward to meeting you and to welcoming you to the Eye Doctors of Arizona family.
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Eye Doctors of Arizona
515 W Buckeye Road Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85003-3966
Eye Doctors of Arizona
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Phoenix, AZ 85032