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Dry Eye Treatment in Oak Park

When you visit an eye doctor in Oak Park for discomfort in your eyes, you want to identify the cause of the problem. In many cases, the symptoms you experience stem from dry eye syndrome or some form of dry eyes. By working with Compass Eye Care, you have the tools to address the symptoms and start finding relief from your discomfort.

Lady struggling with dry eyes before visiting her lcal Oak Park clinic, Compass Eye Care

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome or dry eye refers to a problem with the tears in your eyes. Essentially, your eyes do not get enough nutrients or moisture and it causes discomfort or specific symptoms associated with the underlying problems. 

Dry eye symptoms include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness in your eyes
  • A feeling that you have something in your eyes, even when you do not
  • Gritty feelings in your eyes
  • Blurry vision

The best treatment for dry eyes ultimately depends on the causes of your discomfort. While the lack of tears or the poor quality of tears result in discomfort and symptoms, the actual dry eye causes vary based on your situation.

What Causes Dry Eye in Oak Park?

Dry eye causes in Oak Park relate to many different factors and lifestyle situations. You can only obtain dry eye relief when you understand the causes of your discomfort and the type of tears your eyes produces. An Oak Park optometrist recognizes the causes of your discomfort and develops a treatment plan after identifying the underlying reasons for the poor quality tears.

The common dry eye causes include:

  • Natural aging
  • Hormonal changes, particularly in women during pregnancy or menopause
  • Specific ailments and diseases, which may directly or indirectly cause poor quality tears or low tear production
  • Not blinking for long periods
  • Taking a medication with specific side effects that impact tear production
  • Your environment, particularly if you live in a dry and windy area or you have a HVAC system that dries out your eyes

After identifying the cause of your discomfort, an eye doctor in Oak Park develops the best treatment for dry eyes. At our clinic, we offer different treatments to address the underlying factors contributing to poor tear production, poor quality tears or environmental factors that dry out your eyes.

How Does an Oak Park Optometrist Help?

An Oak Park optometrist helps with dry eye symptoms by addressing the situation. Generally, we offer the best treatment plan for your situation and the causes of dry eyes that impact your situation. We may recommend artificial tears as the first solution for dry eye relief. When you have more severe dry eye syndrome, our treatments may move to medicated eye drops or more complex treatments. We may use punctal plugs to keep the tears on your eyes and limit drainage. Alternatively, we may use a medical device to unclog blocked glands called Lipiflow. Our treatments vary based on your needs and situation.

Dry eyes impact your lifestyle by causing discomfort and eye fatigue. To learn more about your eye treatment options, contact 708-383-2150 today.