Everyone gets eye irritation at some point in their lives – from dust in the eyes, airborne allergens, loose eyelashes, etc. For some people eye irritation is a daily occurrence, making it challenging to enjoy life due to constant discomfort.
Common Dry Eye Symptoms
If you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to visit a dry eye specialist to determine what type of dry eye treatment options exist to get relief from:
- Excessive watering/tearing
- Light sensitivity
- Eye fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Stringy mucus
Products like over-the-counter eye drops may provide temporary relief by adding lubrication to the eyes. However, if you have a certain type of dry eye where the eyelid glands become blocked, products like artificial tears will have no effect (money wasted).
Prolonged dry eye may actually begin to affect your vision, especially if the symptoms are due to damage or inflammation of the eye’s surface (cornea). Repeated friction between a dry eye and the eyelids can cause further damage to the corneal surface.
The good news is that the Austin, Texas dry eye specialists at Westlake Eyes can help. Contact Westlake Eyes today to schedule an eye exam and find out the root cause of your dry eye symptoms so proper treatment can be started.