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Dry Eye FAQs

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Dry eye is a condition that affects many people in Ashburn. At OptimEYES, we help our patients manage their condition like dry eyes. We can alleviate discomfort from dry eyes and sometimes we can help patients resolve their problem by treating the root cause. 

What Are Dry Eyes in Ashburn?

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when the tear film around the eyes develops an abnormality that can cause the eyes to become excessively dry, or excessively watery. People who suffer from dry eyes may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Feelings of grittiness in the eyes.
  • Feelings of itchiness in the eyes.
  • Redness in the eyes. 
  • Watery eyes. 
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Sore eyes.
  • Aching eyes.
  • Burning eyes.
  • Tired eyes.
  • Sensitivity to light.

Is Dry Eye Permanent?

Dry eyes can be permanent or temporary, depending on the root cause. For example, some people experience dry eyes because of allergies. When allergy season is over, their dry eyes goes away. Other people may experience dry eyes naturally with age. While an optometry specialist can help an older person manage their condition, it may never totally go away. 

What Causes Dry Eye?

There are many reasons that people experience dry eyes. Some of the most common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Air pollution.
  • Allergies.
  • Age.
  • Excessive use of the computer.
  • Dry climate.
  • Medications.
  • Side effects of surgery.
  • Auto-immune disease.

The only way to find out for sure why you are experiencing dry eyes is to be diagnosed with the condition by an eye doctor. 

How Can Optometrists Alleviate Pain and Discomfort From Dry Eye?

There are many things that you can do to treat your dry eye condition. Your optometrist may recommend one or more than one of the following treatments. 

  • Use warm compresses around the eyes. 
  • Changes in lid hygiene.
  • Smoke. 
  • Topical steroid use. 
  • Lubricants.
  • Changes in lifestyle. 
  • Protective eyewear. 

Typically, the optometry specialist will start trying to treat the condition by recommending changes in lifestyle and by prescribing eye lubricants. If these small solutions do not work, the optometrist will then prescribe something else, such as steroids or surgery. 

Where Can I Go for Dry Eye Treatment in Ashburn VA?

At OptimEYES in Ashburn VA, we're your source for effective dry eye treatment. We help patients manage their dry eyes and avoid discomfort related to dry eyes. For patients suffering from chronic dry eyes, we can also help them determine whether or not their situation warrants a more serious solution, like eye surgery.  

How Can I Call OptimEYES to Schedule an Appointment for an Eye Exam?

If you believe you are suffering from dry eyes, you can contact OptimEYES in Ashburn VA by calling (703) 687-4719, or by walking in at our location, 43150 Broadlands Center Plz #160, Ashburn. Our caring, capable staff can help you make an appointment.