Symptoms and Diagnosis of Dry Eye Syndrome
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome causes more than just discomfort; it can result in permanent damage to the cornea, vision loss, and other problems. It can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. For these reasons and more, we at Visionary Eye Doctors take dry eye very seriously, and Dr. Cremers is one of the best in the country to treat dry eyes.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
- Stinging and itching of the eyes
- Excess tearing or sensitivity to light
- Decreased or blurry vision
- Inflammation and redness
- Sandy/gritty feeling
Why Do My Eyes Get Dry?
There are many reasons why your eyes can become irritated: contact lenses, computer and smart phone usage, extensive reading, eye disease, environmental conditions, eye surgery, and more.
However, if over-the-counter eye drops are not providing enough relief from your chronic symptoms, you may actually have a dry eye condition that requires professional help. Uncovering the root cause of your symptoms will allow us to recommend the best treatment, saving you money and frustration.
Take the Next Step
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Diagnosing Dry Eyes
Because dry eye symptoms can be very subtle, patients can go undiagnosed or undertreated. Dr. Sandra Cremers, a board-certified ophthalmologist and an accomplished leader in the treatment of Dry Eye, will work with you and your individual needs to develop a customized diagnostic and treatment plan to ensure successful results.
Dr. Cremers uses a multi-faceted approach to diagnosing dry eye syndrome. We combine your self-assessment, physician administered testing with our state-of-the art diagnostic technology to determine the cause, severity, and best treatment protocol for your dry eye condition. Your diagnostic process may include:
- SPEED™ Dry Eye Questionnaire
- Tear osmolarity testing (TearLab)
- Inflammation Testing (InflammaDry)
- Corneal Topography
- Lipid layer testing (LipiView)
- Blinking pattern evaluation (LipiView)
- In-office allergy testing if allergies are suspected
- In-office testing for Sjogren’s syndrome, if indicated
- Laboratory blood testing
You don’t have to suffer with constant eye irritation. Let our dry eye specialist, Dr. Sandra Cremers assess your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.