Dry Eyes Specialist

Sponsel Eye Experts

Ophthalmology & General Optometry located in San Antonio, TX

An estimated 16.4 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic dry eyes. At Sponsel Eye Experts, in San Antonio, Texas, the team provides comprehensive eye evaluations to uncover the root cause of your dry eyes. They also tailor a treatment plan to relieve the redness, itching, and discomfort of chronic dry eyes and preserve your long-term eye health. Call Sponsel Eye Experts to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for dry eyes or book a consultation online today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes is a common condition that results when you can’t make enough tears to moisturize your eyes. You might also develop dry eyes if the tears you do make aren’t of high quality.

Your tears contain a layer of fatty oils, a layer of mucus, and aqueous fluids to keep your eyes hydrated and to clear away debris so you have clear vision. If your tears aren’t sufficient to maintain your eye health, your eyes become itchy, irritated, and red.

Poor-quality tears or a lack of tear production might be the result of:

  • Aging
  • Allergies
  • Nerve damage
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Use of certain medications

If you have a blockage in the glands that produce your tears, you might also develop dry eyes.

When should I seek treatment for dry eyes?

Many people are able to manage occasional dry eyes with over-the-counter eye drops. However, these drops may not be able to treat chronic dry eye symptoms.

You should schedule a consultation at Sponsel Eye Experts, if you have persistent dry eye symptoms that you can no longer treat on your own. These symptoms might include:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty wearing contacts

The team at Sponsel Eye Experts, offers comprehensive eye evaluations to determine the root cause of your dry eyes. They can also use minimally invasive tests to assess the quality and volume of your tears.

Once the team understands your condition, they customize a treatment plan that improves your dry eye symptoms and protects the long-term health of your eyes.

How is dry eyes treated?

If over-the-counter eye drops aren’t enough to treat moderate to severe dry eyes, the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, can recommend prescription drops. You might also benefit from eye inserts that dissolve slowly throughout the day to provide a steady stream of artificial tears to your eye.

Medicated drops that stimulate an increase in your tear production might also be helpful at relieving your dry and itchy eyes.

When conservative therapies aren’t working well, the team might recommend surgery to close your tear ducts so your tears evaporate at a slower rate.

You don’t have to be bothered by symptoms of dry eyes forever. Call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.