Dry Eye Therapy in Sanford, Lake Mary and Heathrow

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Helping You Manage Dry Eyes

Dry eye is a common condition that can result from a variety of factors, including tear production and quality, your environment, and screen time. Dry eye can also bring with it symptoms such as eye fatigue, watery eyes, eye irritation, and blurry vision.

Our team offers dry eye exams to help you get to the bottom of your symptoms and recommends at-home treatment methods that can help. 

Dry eye can be challenging to manage, but we want to help you find relief. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and learn more about your dry eye symptoms.

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What Causes Dry Eye?

Tear production plays an essential role in preventing dry eye, which can result from something going wrong with your tear production or if the glands that produce tears become inflamed. 

Your tears are comprised of 3 layers:

  • The oily outer layer
  • The watery middle layer
  • The inner mucus layer

We take the time to examine your eyes to find the specific cause of dry eyes, such as meibomian gland dysfunction.

What Is MGD?

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dry eye are often grouped together since they have similar symptoms, such as burning and irritation. MGD can occur due to a lack of oil production to protect the tears.

MGD can cause changes in meibum quality and quantity that can cause evaporative dry eye and ocular surface disruption, leading to dry eye symptoms.

Treatment options for MGD can include warm compresses and prescription medications.

Can I Get Dry Eye?

Dry eye can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, certain factors can increase the risk of developing this condition, including:

  • Spending a lot of time using digital screens, such as your computer or tablet
  • Wearing contact lenses without proper care and maintenance
  • Using eye makeup daily

Environmental factors can also play a role in the development of dry eye. If you live in a dry or windy place, you may be more likely to experience dryness and eye irritation due to the surrounding conditions.

At-Home Dry Eye Therapies

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough moisture, causing them to feel scratchy, irritated, and uncomfortable. 

While there are prescription medications available to treat dry eye, there are also many at-home therapies you can try to alleviate symptoms. Our practice uses We Love Eyes Kits, Life Extensions Vitamins, eye drops and more.

Warm Compresses

Applying a warm compress to your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes can help stimulate oil glands in the eyelids and improve the quality of tears. You can use a warm cloth or a special eye mask designed for this purpose.

Over-the-counter artificial tears can help relieve dry eye symptoms by providing lubrication and moisture to the eyes. It’s important to choose a preservative-free formula if you’re using them frequently.

Reducing screen time, adjusting the position of your computer screen, or using a blue light filter may help reduce eye strain and prevent dry eyes.

Understanding & Managing Dry Eye

We strive to help you understand and manage your dry eye symptoms. At-home therapies can be a great way to help you find relief, and our team offers dry eye exams to help determine what therapies can work for you.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and get your dry eye exam today.

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Our Location

Our Address

  • 5680 Wayside Dr.
  • Sanford, FL 32771

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Clinic Hours

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: By appointment only
  • Sunday: Closed

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