Dry eyes don’t occur due to one single cause, but several factors can lead to a common set of disruptive symptoms. Because of the many causes of dry eyes, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Please speak with us for information on managing and treating your dry eyes, whatever the cause.
Your cornea is a transparent skin-like tissue responsible for bending light onto a focal point on the retina in the back of your eye. The cornea requires sufficient moisture to keep from drying out and warping (like in extreme cases of dry eyes). In milder dry eye cases, redness and irritation are the first signs that your cornea isn’t adequately hydrated.
Your tear film both hydrates and oxygenates your corneal cells.
Lipid layer: This oily layer is produced by the meibomian glands and prevents the tear film from evaporating.
Dry eyes occur either because the tear film evaporates too quickly or the tear film layers are unbalanced. When issues with the tear film develop, the corneal can surface suffer and lose its smooth, clear, healthy function. Your eyes will become irritated, and you’ll have to see an optometrist for help.
Evaporative dry eye occurs when your tears evaporate too quickly because of insufficient oil production. Irritation and redness are common with this type, and your eyes might feel puffy.
The water level of your tear film might also be the problem. If your tears are impacted by a problem with the lacrimal gland, you might have aqueous tear-deficient dry eyes.
After providing an accurate diagnosis, our optometrists can help you manage dry eyes and provide you with long-term relief. For moderate cases of dry eye, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops can help a lot, and we can provide available remedies to help you find comfort and get your eyes feeling healthy again.
Find our office at 28700 Chagrin Boulevard in between Brainard Rd and Lander Rd. We are located across the street from ETON Shopping Center.
There is ample free parking in front of the building.