A woman is putting eye drops in her eye.Dry Eye Treatment in Ogden, UT

At Country Hills Eye Center, our mission is to help each of our patients maintain healthy, crystal-clear vision for a lifetime. As a leading ophthalmology practice serving Ogden, UT, and the surrounding areas, we offer a variety of eye care treatments ranging from preventive eye care to laser eye surgery, and we strive to customize treatment to suit each patient's lifestyle. We treat a wide range of eye conditions from mild to serious, and one of the most common is dry eye.

What Is Dry Eye?

At a basic level, dry eye is what happens when the tear glands aren't producing enough tears. Tears are vital to the health of eyes, acting as both lubricant and cleanser and working to clean away dust, debris, and other foreign objects in the eye while also serving as an antibiotic that sterilizes microorganisms on the surface of the eye. If the eye isn't producing enough tears, this can lead to a wide range of problems including pain, discomfort, and an increased vulnerability to infection.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Think you might be suffering from dry eye? While symptoms vary based on the severity of the dry eye, here are a few of the most common symptoms of dry eye:

  • Red eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning or stinging in the eyes
  • Feeling of grit or sand in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Irritation from contact lenses
  • Tired eyes

How to Treat Dry Eyes

Normally, dry eye is little more than a passing nuisance, and the vast majority of cases can be treated using over-the-counter eye lubricants and eye drops. However, if the body chronically can't produce enough tears to properly protect the eye, it can develop dry eye syndrome: a more constant, extreme version of dry eyes.

One option for dry eye syndrome is Restasis eye drops, which use a prescription formula that works to both lubricate the eye and encourage tear production. Another treatment option is to use lacrimal plugs, or punctal plugs, which fit into the tear ducts to prevent tears from draining off the eye as quickly. In extreme cases of dry eye, we may even recommend surgically closing the tear ducts.

Dry eyes are often the result of environmental conditions, so taking steps to protect the eyes like wearing sunglasses or using humidifiers can help to manage dry eye symptoms. Nutritional deficiencies can also cause the problem, which may mean supplements are a treatment. Finally, a few of the other most common treatments for dry eye include topical eye drops, steroid eye drops, oral nutrition supplements, oral antibiotics, and specially-formulated drops like Oasis Tears and LidHygenix.

Contact Your Ogden Eye Doctor Today

For most people, dry eye is little more than an occasional annoyance. But if dry eye starts to be a problem for you, our Ogden ophthalmologist can help. Contact us today to learn more about our eye clinic and to schedule an appointment to come in for a check-up. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a gorgeous new smile!

Thank you for trusting us with your vision care.