Waukesha, Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin Dry Eye Specialists
Not all Dry Eyes feel the same. What are typical dry eye symptoms?
Dry eye symptoms vary from annoying to painful
Did you know that something so simple as using a computer can lead to dry eye symptoms? A person tends to blink 60% less when staring at a screen. Other contributors can include age (sorry, we can’t do anything about that), diabetes, auto-immune conditions and diseases (RA / Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Crohn’s, Sjogrens Syndrome), menopause, allergies, oral contraceptives, thyroid problems, acne medication (add), chemotherapy & radiation cancer treatments , and a lifetime of contact lens use.
If you are wondering if you are suffering from dry eye disease, then you almost certainly are
The good news is there are many treatment options available for people who are experiencing one or more dry eye symptoms. These options depend on what type of symptoms you are having, the severity of those symptoms and the root cause of the problem.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF DRY EYE
Fluctuating Vision and Eye Fatigue
Sometimes the earliest sign of a dry eye problem is simply having vision that fluctuates during the day or increased eye fatigue. When the surface of the eye is not lubricating properly, it can disrupt how you see. Treating a dry eye problem at this earliest stage can prevent more serious problems down the road.
Dryness, Stinging, Burning
For people who read a lot, spend a lot of time on the computer or wear contacts all day every day without fail; you may be experiencing dryness, stinging and/or burning sensations in your eyes. If you’ve ever purchased and used eye drops to relieve dryness, stinging or burning – you probably are a candidate for more effective dry-eye solutions.
Do you keep switching your contact lens brand in order to find something “more comfortable”? Or worse, you’ve given up wearing contacts altogether because of comfort issues? Then you most likely have dry eyes and are a candidate for a better dry eye solution.
Redness, Irritation, Grittiness
When the eye drops stop working and your eyes start to feel worse every time you blink, your dry eye problem will almost always get your attention. If you are at this point, it is definitely time to address the actual problem. These symptoms are easy to identify and easy to understand. Your eyelids feel gritty on the inside. Your eyes are always irritated. And you can visibly see the redness.
Pain, Sandpaper, Headaches
This is the point where you can’t ignore the problem anymore. Your eyes just hurt. Your eyelids feel like sandpaper. And the daily discomfort and blurry vision leads to headaches. If you are experiencing this level of dry eye disease, please contact us right away.