Dry Eyes Specialist

Eyes On Henry

Optometrists located in Spartanburg, SC

Are your eyes always itchy and burning, or do you wake up with crust around your eyelids and lashes? You might have dry eyes, a condition that occurs when you have an insufficient quantity or quality of tears. At Eyes on Henry, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Louis Martin, OD, and the team of friendly and experienced eye care professionals diagnose dry eye and offer customized treatment to relieve your symptoms. Call Eyes On Henry or schedule an appointment online today for expert treatment for dry eyes.

Dry Eyes Q&A

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a widespread eye health condition that occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or if your tears aren’t sufficiently moisturizing. Your tears consist of three layers, and if any of those layers are lacking, your eyes become dry and irritated. 

The outer layer of tears is oily and stops your tears from evaporating too quickly. The middle layer is the watery layer that provides lubrication and moisture. The mucus-like inner layer anchors your tears to your eyes and helps them spread for even moisturization.

Dry eyes cause symptoms, including:

  • Itching and burning sensations
  • Eye surface inflammation
  • Heavy feeling
  • Aching or soreness
  • Eye fatigue
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity

It might seem counterintuitive, but your eyes may also water excessively if you have dry eyes. If your eyes aren’t sufficiently moisturizing, your eyes produce extra tears to try to make up for the poor quality. 

What causes dry eye?

Many factors contribute to dry eye, including:

  • Your age
  • Medications like antihistamines and decongestants
  • Medical conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid problems
  • Inflammation of your eyelids (blepharitis)
  • Environmental conditions like a dry climate or exposure to smoke or wind

If, like millions of Americans, you spend hours every day staring at a screen, you have a higher risk of dry eye. When you look at a screen for a long time, you may not blink as frequently as needed to keep your eyes moisturized.

How is dry eye diagnosed?

The team of expert optometrists at Eyes On Henry diagnose dry eye with a thorough eye exam. They look for signs of dry eye and ask about your lifestyle, overall health, and for details of any medications you take regularly. 

They may also test the quality and quantity of your tears and assess what happens when you blink your eyes.  

How is dry eye treated?

If you have dry eyes, the optometrists at Eyes On Henry provide personalized treatment plans to keep your eyes moisturized and healthy. For example, many patients find relief with artificial tears. 

Depending on your needs, your optometrist can prescribe drops or recommend an over-the-counter brand to try. They can also prescribe eye drops or an omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplement to boost tear production. 

The team at Eyes on Henry also offers treatments to conserve your tears. They can place punctal plugs in your tear ducts, which prevents your tears from draining. The longer your tears stay on your eyes, the greater their moisturizing effect. 

If you’re always rubbing at your dry, itchy eyes, call Eyes On Henry or schedule an appointment online for expert diagnosis and personalized treatment plans to soothe your symptoms and protect your eye health.